Lisa Smith is the Performing Nurse


Lisa Smith is the Performing Nurse the philosopher fool straight out of hospital coming to Parramatta in the Anywhere Festival on May 14-15.

Lisa is a multi-talented comedy performer who really is a nurse and a midwife. In her one-woman show, she gives the inside scoop on the world of the female nurse. She fuses comedy, song, memoir and live projection to create a gallery of quirky, outrageous characters.

Nurse Uncut has double tickets to give away to each of Lisa’s performances (2pm Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May) in the Brislington Nurse Museum in Parramatta – which is under threat as the NSW Government wants to sell it off! Scroll to the end for details on how to enter and please sign a petition to save the nursing museum

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Lisa Smith writes: I’m a clinical nurse and midwife. While working as a midwife, I completed a performing arts degree at QUT. This led to my professional career as a playwright, singer and performance maker. I worked as a professional singer with an ensemble for six years. Also got a fabulous scholarship to study theatre and education at NYU in 1997.

My life was changed forever.


I’ve always kept my nursing career in tandem with my arts career. I now work part-time as a school-based youth health nurse – lots of one-on-one consultations with young people with mental health concerns, sex education classes, health promotion, etc.

Last year I received a grant from Medicare Local – The Pitch. I created a pilot project which explored  a new way to deliver sexual health info to young people using drama and applied theatre.

In 2012 I commenced my Master of Arts research at QUT. Part of this work is to use performance to explore the stereotype of the nurse. I fuse my own world as a nurse into it. It’s comedy and satire with song. I perform five different characters in the show.  I’d like to use this work and my research to work with nurses in team building.

I’m obsessed with female comedians and love Tina Fey, French and Saunders, Amy Schumer… Would love to one day meet any of these great comics who push the boundaries of comedy with women’s stories.


I look forward to meeting some of you at Parramatta. Come along and have a good laugh. Seriously … it’s #fullysick!

To get a double pass to the performance of your choice, email the first names of the comedy duo French and Saunders* to

Details: Brislington Nurse Museum, cnr George & Marsden Street, Parramatta
$15 | 60 mins | MA15+

Lisa has a Facebook page: The Performing Nurse.

*In order to enter, you must be a member of the NSWNMA, publisher of Nurse Uncut. If you haven’t yet joined the NSWNMA – remember, students and retired nurses get free membership – you can join online and then enter .

The contest closes at midnight EST on Sunday 10 May.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is authorised to conduct NSWNMA Member competitions under NSW permit number LTPM/14/00042.



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