Dorothy Lawrence had a tragic beginning and a tragic end. But somewhere in the middle she achieved the unthinkable. She defied the patriarchy, snubbed the War Office, and became the only British woman soldier to serve on the front line in the Great War.

Her place in history should have been secured, but she was silenced and forgotten. Until now.

Performance venues

  • The Girls School, FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL, Perth Western Australia 29 January – 9 February 2020

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Performance time

  • 60 minutes no interval
Unwritten Unheard -13
Unwritten Unheard -18
Unwritten Unheard -3

Director's notes

We cannot give Dorothy back her voice, here we try to tell the parts of her story we do know, and share the courage, resilience, and fight this hero had.

Creative team

  • Director: Jessica Rose McVay
  • Devised by the Company
  • Choreography: Iona Kirk and Ellie Walker-Smith
  • Dramaturgy: Iskandar R. Sharazuddin
  • Photographs: Jack Parker


  • Dorothy 1: Iona Kirk
  • Dorothy 2: Cher Nicolette Ho
  • Dorothy 3: Jordan Ajadi

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