Printable CopyI’LL TELL YOU THIS FOR NOTHING – MY MOTHER THE WAR HERO
Black Box Theatre - Adelaide Botanic Garden
Until 23 Feb 2020

Review by Fran Edwards

Phyllis JasonSmith was a war hero, a nurse in WWII, but she was so much more. Her daughter, award winning director and actor Kate JasonSmith, tells her story with clarity, sensitivity and humour. Phyllis was awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion d’Honneur, for her bravery and found love amongst the hospital tents on the battlefields.

Born to Protestant Irish parents she had a strong religious background with her family active in the protest movement. She trained as a nurse and was sent to France where she spent much time in tent hospitals always close to the front line and ending with a stint in Belsen just as it was liberated. Kate tells of the bombs overhead, the constant stream of wounded men, of hospitals with no equipment – not even beds – of the long hours without breaks.

Kate JasonSmith is a fine storyteller; her lively manner keeps the audience engaged and the effects, both light and sound, enhance the tale. She tells of hardship, bravery, bigotry and love, taking her audience along with every emotion, bringing to life her mother’s memories.

This is a tale worth telling and deserves a bigger audience than the performance I attended.

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)