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A Girl's Guide To World War


Thu 3 - Sun 20 Feb, 2022


Underground Theatre

Adult $65*
Concession $59*
Group 6+ $49*
For group bookings, please phone Box Office on
07 3358 8600

*plus transaction fee $6.90


Thu–Fri 7pm
Sat 2 + 7pm
Sun 2pm


2 hrs and 45 mins including interval

Ages + Warnings

Suitable for ages 12+
Contains coarse language

Presented by Musical Theatre Australia in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

A Girl’s Guide to World War is a brilliant new Australian musical that brings to life an inspiring true story.

In 1916, a handful of Australian lady doctors decide they want to go to war. When the army turns them down – they go anyway. What follows is a year that changes their lives forever, a year filled with passion, freedom and power.

Featuring the award-winning all-girl band Vix and the Slick Chix, as well as unforgettable characters, stirring songs and rollicking humour, it is at its heart a truly uplifting love story. After sell-out shows, this home-grown smash-hit won the 2019 Matilda Award for Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work.

Actress Susie French (Menopause the Musical, Mamma Mia) also took home Best Supporting Actress for her brilliant performance as the smoking, swearing lesbian surgeon, Dr Lilian Cooper.

Written by couple Katy Forde and Aleathea Monsour, A Girl’s Guide to World War reveals an astonishing true story of courage and compassion amidst the chaos of war.


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Musical Theatre Australia was formed in 2018. This company creates and produces new Australian musical theatre that celebrates diversity and untold histories. The company was founded by Katy Forde and Aleathea Monsour, a couple in life as well as in work. These women have written several musicals together, including “A Girl’s Guide to World War“, which won the major Matilda Award “Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work” in 2020. The musical also enjoyed three sell-out seasons in 2018 and 2019, and will be performed in 2022 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. The musical is also in production as an exciting new podcast, funded by the Sunshine Coast Regional Arts Development Fund.

Aleathea and Katy won the year-long BizArts Makers Scholarship in Brisbane and the OzMade Musicals workshopping program in Melbourne. Katy received the Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Award which allowed her to research the life of Dr Lilian Cooper, Australia’s first female surgeon. The result of this research is published online and has attracted interest from around the world, including a 2018 BBC radio documentary about Dr Cooper’s life. Other musicals include “Lottie” about Australia’s first silent film star, and “Volition” about the Melbourne Gaol.

Aleathea Monsour
Susie French
Justine Anderson
Simon Burvill-Holmes
Margery Forde
Minette Cooper
Rachel Fentiman
Lucy French-Worthy

Vix Sheather (Narrator)
Sue Moxon
Nicole Perry

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Absolutely marvellous new Australian production brimming with talent. Wonderful story about true Aussie heroes. And the music - beautiful

Audience member, 2019

  • Absolutely marvellous new Australian production brimming with talent. Wonderful story about true Aussie heroes. And the music - beautiful

    Audience member, 2019

  • This is a work of excellence and is a joyous and inspiring telling of a truly remarkable Australian story. The original music, adventurous narrative and heart-warming relationships captured the audience’s imagination.

    Elise Grieg, Lead Judge Matilda Awards

  • This true story could not have been in better hands. It was not only joyous and compelling, but a totally satisfying piece of drama.

    Stage Whispers, 2019

  • From a seemingly boundless wellspring of artistry, intelligence, vision and love, Aleathea Monsour and partner Katy Forde have created an exciting new musical based on the true stories of phenomenal women serving on the frontline during World War.

    Jo Hendrie, theatre worker

  • This is the best show I have seen in forever. The story, songs, writing, stagecraft and directing are all incredible and the performances are world class. Don’t miss this show.

    Audience member, 2018

  • A Girl's Guide to World War is a fabulous production. A wonderful cast, very talented script writing. Fantastic music performed by very talented musicians. Loved it.

    Audience member, 2018

  • Absolutely marvelous new Australian production brimming with talent. Wonderful story about true Aussie heroes. And the music … beautiful.

    Audience member, 2019


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