What is the meaning of Anzac Day? For war veterans like Alf Cook and his friend Wacka Dawson, it’s the chance to commemorate history, celebrate heroism and conjure national pride. For Alf’s son Hughie, Anzac Day flies the flag for a very different reality, one that brings the dignity of our Diggers to its knees and into the gutter – via one too many down the pub.
Sparking huge controversy on its release in the Sixties, the play’s first ever production had a policeman stationed at the stage door to ward off the angry public. Death threats were issued to the author. A play that incites as much passion now as ever, The One Day of the Year looks at our national legend through the eyes of generation, class and character. On the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, HIT Productions brings a thoroughly fresh take on this truly Australian classic. Produced by Christine Harris & HIT Productions and directed by award winning director
Denis Moore with a talented ensemble cast of Don Bridges (Neighbours), Luke Clayson (Holding the Man), Peter Hardy (Mamma Mia!), Christine Keogh (Fat Tony & Co) and Olivia Solomons (Headland).
The One Day of the Year Australia-wide tour by HIT Productions starts in February 2015.
Since 'The One Day of the Year' was first performed in 1962 ANZAC’s haunting of the Australian imagination has only increased. The figures in Frank Hurley’s famous photograph ‘Soldier’s Walking to the Front’ - the backdrop of our set - both haunt and witness the domestic drama unfolding before them. Excerpts from Benjamin Brittan’s ‘War Requiem’ become their voice. In this production of the play, realist period detail of the 1950’s and 60’s is subdued in favour of a classical timelessness as in many ways the Great War is still with us in today’s Middle East where the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the consequent disputes about there-drawing of borders is still being savagely played out.
Perhaps future historians will see the period 1914-2015 as a 100 years war - sometimes hot, sometimes coldbut always ongoing. Director – Denis Moore
Seymour treats the Australian psyche rather like a kitten treats a ball of wool. First he fondles it, then he playfully rolls it around a bit before really getting in among it and tearing it to pieces. Finally, he tries to roll it up tenderly into a complete ball once more. The result is a compelling piece of theatre and one which no young Australian should miss. Michael Morton-Evans, The Australian, 1987
The One Day of the Year occupies an important place in Australian Tvheatre. […] Perhaps The One Day of the Year holds a clue to Anzac Day’s contemporary appeal among younger Australians: not sentimentalising war but sharing compassion for the sacrifices made by all who have fought in war. Philip O’Brien, Times2, 2010
The One Day of the Year
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Friday 1st May 2015
Tickets: Full Price $42.00 | Concession* (ID Required) $37.00 | Students (ID Required) $37.00 | Group6+ $35.00pp
Bookings: www.theeventscentre.com.au or Phone: 07 5491 4240
The Events Centre, Caloundra
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