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Bill Massey's Tourists

When:

Thu 19 Feb 2015, 5:30pm–6:30pm
Thu 19 Feb 2015, 8:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Website:

Listed by: nzfringe

Presented by Handstand Productions
(Theatre)

Museum of Wellington City & Sea hosts solo performer Jan Bolwell as she shares the story of her grandfather's war on the Western Front. Is it, as Latin poet Horace claims, 'a sweet and honourable thing to die for your country'? At first her grandfather is reluctant to talk about the war but gradually Jan coaxes him to reveal what actually happened to him and his mates in the trenches of France and Flanders.

This is the third in a trilogy of solo plays Jan has written about her family. 'Standing on my Hands' (her father's WWII experiences), Chapman Tripp Award-nominated play 'Here's Hilda' (about her grandmother), and now ‘Bill Massey’s Tourists’, about her grandfather. Jan Bolwell plays herself as an adolescent, her grandfather both young and old, his best mate Cyril, and a woman from the New Zealand Patriotic Society. The play is peppered with dance sequences set to amusing and original WWI soldier’s ditties and First World War poems set to music by composer Laughton Pattrick. ‘Bill Massey’s Tourists’ is for general audiences, both young and old. Jan Bolwell is particularly keen to share the play and discuss its content with school students.

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