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Remnants

 

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Remnants

Dates: 04/03/2015 - 20/07/2015

Location: Alstonville

REMNANTS
a play by John Senczuk

inspired by Alstonvilles inspirational WW2 Nurse Jessie Blanch

presented by Duck Creek Mountain Theatre

Synopsis. Many in Alstonville are surprised - a few concerned - when The Northern Star announces the marriage of local nurse Jessie Blanch to Sydney photographer Albert Eaton-Lee. The ceremony is planned for the Lynwood Methodist Church on 18 March 1950 - Jessie’s fortieth birthday!
Everyone knew ‘Blanchie’s’ history: how she enlisted to tend soldiers serving in Malaya in 1941. How by Christmas Eve the Japanese invasion of the Malayan Peninsula necessitated the mass evacuation of Singapore. How she was shipwrecked, then taken prisoner by the Japanese, and that Blanchie and her colleagues spent three and a half years in the hell camps of Sumatra. But few were aware that following her rescue in 1945, army psychologists back home in Australia thought it best to pretend the POW experience never happened!
Now, less than five years later Blanchie is getting married to a shutterbug from the Big Smoke. She, however, had made a survival pact of her own back on Bangka Island, actively choosing not to think beyond the next two months: carpe diem! All Blanchie is concerned about now is her Bridal Shower, her nuptials in five weeks, and the brilliant stroke of luck she had finding a local seamstress to make her wedding dress: Phoebe Bennett, who with her sister Sylvia, are remnants from an entirely different war!

This limited season directed & designed by John Senczuk, featuring national music theatre star Rachel Beck, with local actors Shelley Grace and Alex Mills.

Media

Leah White, The Northern Star

Letter to the Editor, The Advocate

   

Response

[Remnants] was good last night. It really did justice to Blanchie. I heard many good comments. The three 'girls' did a great job. I really liked the away you approached the topic. ...  It is great that a local's outstanding story has been told both in book form and in a play and that it was all locals involved in telling the story. A big thanks to Rachael for coming home to play Blanchie.
     Ian Kirkland, historian and author of "Blanchie"

Congratulations to all concerned! ... I was impressed by the inter-weaving of the background sisters' story and the incorporation of the diary extracts. A daring venture ... but a great success.
   John Sim

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