The King’s College Centre for the Humanities and Health warmly invite you to a staged reading of an original play, “Passages from Empire”, based on the lives and letters of overseas nurses. This play is part of the Centre for the Humanities and Health ‘Scripting Nursing’ project.’
When: Friday 13th December
Time: 18.30 – 20.00
Campus: The Strand
Where: Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29)
The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the History department on Level 8 of the Strand Building.
This is a free event but we ask that you reserve your seat in advance through Event Brite.
Abstract: Often in remote and isolated places, facing the challenges of extreme climate, loneliness and endemic disease, nurses treated the sick and cared for the wounded. Sometimes healthcare resources were primitive in the extreme. The political scene might change overnight, throwing them up against the sugar cane riots in Antigua, or the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya. Throughout all this, generations of women showed intrepid spirit and resourcefulness. In ‘Passages From Empire’ we hear their experiences in their own words and share some of their triumphs, disappointments and confrontations.
The play is scripted by Vanessa Rosenthal, writer-in-residence at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery and produced by Polly Thomas, in collaboration with the ‘Nursing and Identity’ research strand at the Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London (Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Dr Jessica Howell, Dr Rosemary Wall and Dr Anna Snaith). Thanks to the Oxford Bodelian Library, Rhodes House for the use of original autobiographical materials and to the former overseas nurses who participated in oral history interviews.