Dunedin's Ake Ake Theatre Company has been awarded $30,000
funding for a World War 1 project.
Sisters in Arms is a collaboration with Serbian actor
Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic, which honours the role of women on
the front lines of World War 1.
The production will focus on two of New Zealand's first
female war surgeons, Dr Jessie Scott and Dr Agnes Bennett,
who served on the Serbian Front, and decorated Serbian Army
soldier Sergeant Sofija Jovanovic.
Sisters in Arms will combine theatre, music and dance
and premiere at Bitef Polyphony arts festival in Serbia in
September, before being performed at Arts Festival Dunedin in
It was one of three productions to receive funding through
the First World War Centenary Co-Commissioning Fund, which
honours New Zealand's contribution to World War 1.
Grants were also awarded for new works by Auckland
choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and Wellington composer Gareth