9 Sep 2018

My mother the war hero - a daughter's tribute.

From Standing Room Only, 1:47 pm on 9 September 2018
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Only two New Zealand women have been awarded France's highest honour and one of them was Irish immigrant Phyllis JasonSmith. She was in her 80s when she received the Legion d'Honneur for extreme bravery in the Second World War. Phyllis served as a nurse on numerous front lines in France. She gave interviews and talked to her family about her wartime experiences. But her daughter Kate has delved deeper to flesh out her mother's story for a new stage play I'll Tell You This for Nothing - My Mother the War Hero Lynn Freeman talks to Kate Jason Smith about writing the the play, and also about playing the role of her mother, as well as a whole host of other characters. I'll tell you this for nothing by Kate Jason Smith premieres at Wellington's Bats Theatre on the 18th of September.