Laughter is at the heart of a new theatre performance that gives audiences a glimpse into nursing and midwifery.
RN and midwife Lisa Smith has combined more than two decades of work in healthcare with creativity and humour to create a one-woman show, The Performing Nurse.
"I've been a registered nurse and midwife for more than 20 years and there's rarely a dull moment in those professions," Smith said. "I've used my experiences to create a suite of characters that use satire, song, memoir and live projection to explore the narrative of the nurse.
"The show raises awareness of the plight of nurses and midwives everywhere – the exhausting working conditions, the relative value society places on the profession, the public's expectations of nurses, the cultural significance and influences. It's a journey into the mind and world of the female nurse."
The Performing Nurse is part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival in Brisbane and Parramatta. The show runs May 7–9 at 9 Burchell St, Carina, and May 14–15 at Brislington Nurse Museum.
For more information, visit the Facebook page The Performing Nurse.
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