This engaging historical storytelling performance by award winning international teller, Deborah Dunleavy, brings to life the stories of women whose lives were consumed by the War of 1812. The accounts of their heroic deeds, of their suffering and survival reveal that the war was more than a soldier’s battle. Using historical records, letters and journals of many women including Anne Prevost, Amelia Harris, Alicia Cockburn, and Abigail Stone, Dunleavy weaves an emotional tapestry that enlightens the human condition of this historical era.
In Battlefield Petticoats I tell the stories of four women each from the perspective of first person. I wear a basic dress but use different costume bits/props/chair to denote each character. For instance when speaking as Abigail Stone, I carry a lantern and assume that I am her ghost come out of the grave to tell her story, complete with a limp. For Amelia Harris I carry a basket with apples and explain how she is going to rebuild her life after the Americans set fire to her widowed mother's house. As Anne Prevost I receive word that my father has just died in battle. As Alicia Cockburn I complain about the unending responsibilities of being a military wife.
"Battlefield Petticoats" is currently booked at the Arthur Child Heritage Museum in Gananoque in February and at the Glenngarry Museum in June.