Belinda Giblin and Maggie Kirkpatrick - A powerful and poignant play about triumph, friendship and survival Sheila and Bridie first met after their ships were sunk while fleeing from Singapore in 1942. They formed a friendship which survived three and a half years of captivity as prisoners of the Japanese in camps in Malaya and Sumatra.
The two friends are reunited for the first time, 50 years after the end of the War, for the filming of a television documentary. The Shoe Horn Sonata is about their incarceration and the brutality and hardship they experienced during those dreadful years. However, as the play develops, we discover more about Sheila and Bridie and we realise that this reunion is essential if their emotional wounds are to be healed. Woven into their half century of separation are a shoe-horn, a terrible secret and incredible loyalty and love which form their unlikely friendship.
Sydney Morning Herald