A Word From the Writer, Sally McLean
Bayonets & Bully Beef is a play exploring Australian women's
roles on the battle fronts of World War 2. While many people
are aware of women's roles on the Home Front (which is covered
in Bayonets & Bully Beef's companion play PS I
Love You), with a large percentage of women working
in the Auxiliary services such as the AWAS, WAAAFS, WRANS, the
Land Army and others, few are aware of those women who actually
served in battle.
This play has been written
to celebrate these brave women who fought in New Guinea, France,
the Middle East and the Pacific. Characters are based on actual
women who served during this time, with extensive research and
interviews with those individuals who were able and willing to
tell their stories.
A few men are included in the
play, to give context to the era, but the play's focus is on
the female heroines who deserve full recognition for the services
they performed for their country.
Excerpts from the play were
performed at the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne in July 2005
as part of the Your Text Here playwright showcase at the
To see photos from this performance,
More information about the
play will be added to this site as it becomes available.
If you have any stories of
women who served in battle for Australia or her Allies, and/or
wish to be kept informed about this production, please don't
hesitate to get in touch. You can email me by clicking here.
Thank you for your interest,
and I look forward to seeing you at the Premier!
Writer, Bayonets &