TOURING IN SEPTEMBER 2021 – this tour has unfortunately been cancelled due to Covid-19
I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero
Why did France award the Legion d’Honneur – its highest accolade for exceptional courage to Phyllis, a little known Kiwi woman from Ireland?
About the play
Phyllis JasonSmith was one of only two NZ women ever to have been honoured with France’s highest decoration, the Legion d’Honneur, for bravery in WWII.
And she was my mother.
We grew up on war stories of bombs screaming overhead as she and other QA nurses crawled around the hospital tent on their knees among the constant stream of wounded and dying solders “…the only light our tilly lamps, the only water a barrel outside the tent door.” Not all her stories were tragic, in fact most had a lighter side, a twist, a punchline. And then there was the love story, woven through her tale like a ray of hope. Phyllis was vivacious, courageous, humorous, haunted by the war until the end of her long life.
“Here there is humour, horror, pathos and poignancy that only the very best drama can convey.” Craig Cook, Adelaide Advertiser *Fringe Five Stars* BEST FEMALE SOLO.
Kate JasonSmith has spent most of her working life in theatre, ﬁlm and television, as an actor, designer, director, writer and producer. Kate was the originator and producer of the highly successful Hens’ Teeth Women’s Comedy Company that entertained NZ audiences for over 13 years. She received an NZFTV Best Drama award for directing her ﬁlm Xmas for Lou, and taught screen acting at the NZ Drama School Toi Whakaari and at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre. http://www.katejasonsmith.com
TOURING IN OCTOBER 2021
Austen Found: The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen – with Penny Ashton, Lori Dungey and Jason Smith
Addicted to Darcy? Bonkers for Big Balls? Lost all Sense and Sensibility? Well put down your cross stitching and get ready to enjoy an entirely improvised musical in the style of Jane Austen. You saw their videos during the COVID lockdown, now see them in person.
Arts on Tour favourite Penny Ashton (Olive Copperbottom, Promise and Promiscuity, Hot Pink Bits) is back, with her most excellently accomplished friends! World Famous hobbit Lori Dungey (LOTR, Xena) and twinkle fingers Jason Smith (Emmy award winning musical maestro and Lucy Lawless collaborator) will use your suggestions and spin instant literary magic as they swoon, romp and pianoforte.
“Jane Austen would turn in her grave with delight” Rip it Up
“Full of fun and frivolity” – NZ Herald
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