A one-hour talk for clubs and societies.
Edith Cavell's execution at the hands of the WW1 German military in 1915 caused an international outcry. The circumstances of her death are well-known, but what about her earlier days growing up in Norfolk and nursing in London?
Wearing a replica WW1 matron's uniform, I use diary excerpts, letters, biographies, memoirs, music and songs to tell Edith's story, exploring how this ordinary girl from Norfolk could have lead such an extraordinary life.
This talk was originally commissioned by Norfolk Federation WI in 2015 to mark the 100th birthday of the Women's Institute, and the centennial anniversary of Edith's death.
It was warmly received at Norfolk's 2015 official centenary commemorations in The Forum, Norwich, by Edith's own descendants who declared it 'Just right!'
The performance lasts 55-60 minutes. Tissues are respectfully recommended!