I’’ll Tell you this for Nothing‘ – Written and 

performed by Kate JasonSmith.

Directed by Jan Bolwell

Milord Goffredo,’ Written and performed by 

Jan Bolwell

Directed by Kerryn Palmer


I’ll Tell You This for Nothing

Phyllis Garvin an Irish QA nurse on the WWII battlefields who lived most of her life in NZ, was honoured with France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’Honneur, for extreme bravery.

Sent to the front lines on D-Day, Phyllis’s hospital followed the battles through Europe and finally to the 

liberation of Belsen Concentration Camp. Amidst this drama she found the love of her life, a Catholic, thus igniting a new and personal war with her mother, a Protestant.

In a solo performance written and acted by her daughter. Kate JasonSmith, I’ll Tell you this for Nothing presents the dramatic and often humorous tale of her mother’s life in an acclaimed show about war, courage, danger and romance. 

“Superb, from the first minute to the last… a treat for theatre lovers.”  Adelaide Advertiser


Goffredo’s story

Milord Goffredo’, is Jan Bolwell’s dynamic re-creation of her father Geoffrey’s WWII exploits – a Dunedin 

butcher who became “a bloody legend” in a small northern Italian town. Geoffrey hid in a cave for two years after twice escaping from his German captors.

During this time, he was looked after by a kind and courageous Italian family who nicknamed him Milord Goffredo. Jan wrote this play to honour her father’s generation, men whose lives were shaped by their war experiences, and who turned to each other for support and comradeship in the post war years.

Geoffrey Bolwell’s story is typical of thousands of soldiers who suffered terrible wartime experiences post war trauma and the difficult adjustment to civilian life. 

 “…a cracker of a New Zealand story beautifully evoked.”   Mark Amery, Sunday Times 

                                                                                                                                                                         These two extraordinary solo shows offer a fascinating night of drama reaffirming the storytelling power of theatre.                                                                                                                                                                      


22 Apr – 14 May 

Preview 21 Apr 

Tues – Thurs 7.30pm, Fri – Sat 7pm, Sun 5pm 

$25 – $54 

Early Bird tickets available until 11th March

Company KJS Productions // Handstand Productions

CIRCA TWO 1 Taranaki Street Wellington Bookings 04 801 7992 circa.co.nz 

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