I'll Tell You This for Nothing: My Mother the War Hero

I'll Tell You This for Nothing: My Mother the War Hero

“Phyllis Garvin an Irish QA nurse on the WWII battlefields who lived most of her life in NZ, was honoured with France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’Honneur for extreme bravery.... And she was my mother.”

I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero recounts this tale of war, courage, romance and danger, in a solo performance written and acted by her daughter Kate.

“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 soldiers “… 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.  In creating this 60-minute solo performance, I’ve been blessed with the talents of director Jan Bolwell and dramaturge Deb Filler to bring to life Phyllis’s tales of war, courage, romance and danger.”

An Arts on Tour NZ Show.

You can purchase online here or directly from the Opera House Ticket Office between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

The box office and the Opera House Cafe & Bar is open 1 hour prior to the show commencing and during interval. Please call 03 433 0770 if you require wheelchair seating.

Oamaru Opera House
28 September 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm