Play about wartime nurses returns to Museum of Surrey

Ishbel Newstead (left) and Renee Sarojini Saklikar will perform the poem-play “Canadian Nurses In Wartime” after the Remembrance Day ceremony concludes in Veterans’ Square in Cloverdale. (Photo: Surrey Now Leader)

“A play about war-era nurses is returning to the Museum of Surrey.

Canadian Nurses in Wartime will run at approximately 11:45 a.m. in the museum’s theatre—right after Remembrance Day services end at the Cloverdale Cenotaph Nov. 11.

Written by Renee Sarojini Saklikar and researched by Ishbel Newstead, the poem-play will feature both women playing different roles.

‘A poem-play is a seated reading that incorporates historical research into the narrative,’ said Saklikar. ‘We take documentary work and we merge it with imagination.’ She added she uses poetic license for dialogue, but not history.”

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