The Glass Soldier is based on the true story of an Australian painter named Nelson Ferguson, who served in France as a field ambulance officer in WWI. This is an epic romance about a young Australian who falls in love with Maddie, an English girl, shortly before he is plunged into the horrors of the Somme. He returns to Australia with an injury that threatens to destroy his vision. But Maddie crosses the world to find him. Despite his blindness and his loyalty to a violent fellow soldier, Nelson and Maddie build a life together, filled with hope and light.

  • epic drama
  • 120
  • 12 total
  • 4 female identifying, 8 male identifying
  • adolescence, history
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: Suddenly I hear this roar. Wild terrifying yelling and it's me, mate. I'm springing over the top screamin' my lungs out, like all the pent-up energy of the last 24 hours is coursing through me veins. But it's not just me: there's a low growl like an animal which grows and grows until it's a savage roar. The whole line's into it. Four battalions, 3000 men. I'm running fast as I can and I look around and we're demons from hell against this blazing red sky.



VIDEO: Playwrights talk about finding their unique style and methodology, and the personal experiences that inspire their work. Raimondo Cortese, Hannie Rayson, Lally Katz and Jenny Kemp discuss the dramas of drama with Dr Denise Varney. Recorded at the Wheeler Centre in September 2011.

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