Maggie Kirkpatrick: (on her role in 'The Shoehorn Sonata')
My character, Bridie was an Australian Army nurse who rescued Sheila, a young English schoolgirl when their ships were sunk in the South China Seas. Together they see each other through the horrors of one of the most infamous camps of the period. Not much was ever told about this period in our history because the British and Australian authorities of the time felt that it would reflect badly on them (the men) if word got out about the horrors that 'their women of the Empire' were subjected to. This is possibly my favourite role of all that I've played ... as an actress. I also feel honoured to tell the story of remarkable women enduring some of the darkest times in our history.