Actor Leith Arundel has dedicated almost 15 years of her life to telling the stories of women in war at the Australian War Memorial.
“It’s the best acting job in the world,” she said. “And I just keep coming back to that. People come here to pay their respects, and we are all here for those people who don’t want to forget.”
At various times throughout the year, Arundel presents two moving and powerful performances about the experiences of women in war, Radio silence and Last letters.
“I do the best job I can, every time,” she said. “The people who died deserve that, and the people who come to pay their respects deserve that.”
Written and directed by Alana Valentine, Radio silence is inspired by the experiences of a Women’s Auxiliary Air Force radio operator stationed in Britain during the Second World War.
Arundel plays Violet, a WAAF wireless operator on duty during a Bomber Command raid over Germany.
“Radio silence is very disciplined,” Arundel said. “She’s a very formal character, and I have this amazing co-star on stage with me because I’m talking to the Lancaster bomber ‘G for George’.”