ADVENTURES OF A 1940s WANNABE
A seventeen-year-old would-be actress arrives in London at the outbreak of peace in 1945, seeking fame and fortune.
She soon joins a theatre company, touring ration-bound England and then the war-ravaged British Zone of occupied Germany. On her return and now seriously out of work, she meets a motley group of characters.
One of them, another Australian girl, has a bright idea: they would buy a train ticket each to Zurich and from there, travel further a-field by hitch-hiking – as it was then known.
To their surprise, it worked. After many adventures and back in England with only a few minor television parts to keep the wolf from the door, she decides to enrol in a secretarial college.
But before she can graduate from this institution, she comes down with mumps.
After a spell in an infectious diseases hospital of which Florence Nightingale would have been proud, and a swim in the Channel with some English submariners, homesickness overtakes and she returns to Australia.
She realises that achievement is relative; the whole world can be, and has been, her stage.
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