CDP Theatre Producers, The Shoe-Horne Sonata

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THE SHOE-HORN SONATA

IN 2007 - played 20 venues in 15 weeks on national tour

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.


"An absorbing, amusing and inspiring evening….Maggie Kirkpatrick is magnificent….Belinda Giblin is hilariously prissy"

Sunday Telegraph

"Misto interweaves his potent factual research with a compelling fictional drama that rises almost to the level of a love story"

Sydney Morning Herald

"A wonderfully terrible, inspiring, life-affirming and often very funny tale….the performers are superb…together they reaffirm faith in humanity"

The Bulletin

"I do not have the power to build a memorial, so I wrote a play instead"

John Misto

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THE SHOE-HORN SONATA

Toured Australia in 2007