The untold history of Dorothy Lawrence. A 19-year old British journalist who rode a bicycle to the front line of World War I to write the story of the century and ended up fighting for the rest of her life.
Dorothy had a tragic beginning and a tragic end, but a life unparalleled. During World War I, Dorothy Lawrence defied the patriarchy, snubbed the War Office, and became the only British woman soldier to serve on the front line.
Her place in history should have been secured. But she was silenced and forgotten. Until now. The story of a woman who fought for her very existence as a world of men tried to pull her apart.
Her body. Her mind. Her spirit.
Three dancers explore the resilience of Dorothy through evocative movement and physical theatre with a nuanced and atmospheric sound design.
Co-conceived by award-winning playwright Iskandar إسكندر R. bin Sharazuddin and dancer-choreographer, Iona Kirk. This physical work was developed with director and movement specialist Jessica Rose McVay and devised by the company.
Partners and Support
29 January – 9 February 2020: Fringe World Festival, Western Australia
A co-production with 45North
Iskandar إسكندر R. bin Sharazuddin
Direction & Movement Direction:
Katie Gabriel Allen
Images and Media:
Cher Nicolette Ho
Winner: Dance & Physical Theatre Weekly Award (Fringe World Festival 2020)
Winner: Dance & Physical Theatre Award (Fringe World Festival 2020)
★★★★ Fourth Wall Media
★★★★ Pelican Magazine
★★★★ Fringe Feed
“Cat-and-mouse acrobatics, distortion drawing traditional chaos, physical abstrusions painting exhaustion, and anguish expressing futility” – Scenestr
“As if the ghosts of the past channelled their loss and despair through the three performers.” – Pelican Magazine
“An exquisite piece of dance – the movements are fluid and elegant, and visceral at once. What an intelligent and innovative way to tell a story.” – The Fourth Wall
“Repeated motifs, which stand in place of text, are seamlessly woven into choreography that billows and charges along the length of the stage. It all comes together to create an evocative and compelling whole.” – Seesaw