1915 – The first nurses went to Gallipoli on the hospital ship the Maheno. Like the men they boldly put their hands up. 14 were accepted for this first trip, travelling as if they were heading for a big adventure. The horror they met is history.

Sister Anzac premiered in 2014 to an enraptured audience and critical acclaim at the Devonport Navy Museum and went on to have two more sold-out seasons.

The story achingly depicts the role women played during WWI - with grit, humour, and compassion the women dealt with inexplicable military decisions, woefully inadequate conditions and the heart breaking reality of war. Seen by the soldiers as Angels of Mercy, women previously perceived as fragile beings were recognised as both tender in their ministrations and tough to the core.

"I came along with some trepidation, as matters relating to the war commemorations are not of particular interest to me. Well that's what I thought! The show brought alive the experiences of so many women that have come before me. It was a window into a world that has previously not resonated with me. So excited was I that I went back to see the 'in promenade' session - and brought four friends!! They were all transfixed, with one exclaiming later that she would never forget it." (Audience feedback for Sister Anzac)

This is a poignant and personal story traversing love and the human spirit.


"The six-strong ensemble…breathe life skilfully into their individual personas with such ease and elegance” (Theatrescenes 2015)

"Rees brings truth and honesty to moments of striking beauty in the horror of the war and its results." (Theatreview 2014)

"Amanda Rees' resolute direction produces a visceral punch" (Theatreview 2015)