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Sat 18 Apr 2015, 7:30pm
Sun 19 Apr 2015, 2:00pm
Thu 23 Apr 2015, 7:30pm
Fri 24 Apr 2015, 7:30pm
Sat 25 Apr 2015, 7:30pm

Where: Hawera & District War Memorial Community Hall, 111-115 Albion Street, Hawera, South Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Student (Under 18): $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Hawera Repertory Society with help from the South Taranaki District Council will be performing the first amateur production of ANZAC by John Broughton (directed by Clive Cullen) from 18 – 25 April as their contribution to the 100th anniversary commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landing.

Appropriately, the performances will be in the Hawera Memorial Theatre – part of the Hawera and District War Memorial. The foundation stone of the Memorial Hall was laid by the celebrated NZ war hero Major General Sir Howard Kippenberger KBE CB DSO in 1957.

ANZAC, by John Broughton, tells the story of NZ’s part in World War I through the lives of soldiers, work colleagues and their families - John who enlists in the army in 1914, his two sisters Gladys and Violet, his work colleagues George and Harriet and their manager Mr Fynmore and Hone another soldier.

From the enthusiasm and patriotism at the start of the war, through the disaster of Gallipoli and the horrors of Flanders, and the effects on family, this is a play of action, humour, tragedy and pathos.

The play starts and ends in 1917. We are at the Dunedin railway station as Gladys and Violet wait for their brother's return from the front. John's wartime experiences are performed by the railway staff. We are taken through the journey from joining up and training in NZ, then the travel by troopship in 1914. Through Egypt, Gallipoli and then France between 1914 and 1917 and then return to Dunedin railway station in late 1917.

This play shows glimpses of the NZ enthusiasm for joining the war effort, volunteering, training, army life in the barracks, training and in the battlefield, the life of a soldier both alone with their own thoughts and letters from home, coping with the boredom, illness, confined quarters, contemplation of a soldiers life, where the war is going, what achievements have been made, mates in training, recreation and in battle, the direct personal consequences and horrors of battle, officers and command decision making and soldier management, disciplining of soldiers, realisations of the effects of the war, NZ home life – waiting seemingly endlessly, but trying to remain positive and supportive, dealing with the real effects and personal costs of the war.

Tickets on sale early 2015

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