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Wed 15 Apr 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Thu 16 Apr 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 17 Apr 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 18 Apr 2015, 2:30pm–5:00pm
Sat 18 Apr 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Newtown Cultural Community Centre, Cnr Rintoul and Colombo Sts, Newtown, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

This production is Wellington Repertory Theatre's Two Act Great War, 1914 to 1918, commemoration production. Act One features NZ Playwright Campbell Smith's play, Soldier's Song. It is the story of a young British soldier who became ill. somewhere in France, and was executed without trial in 1917 for "cowardice in the face of the enemy". The British Army's General Haig, close friend of King George V, had no time for un-soldierly conduct, and executions were immediate. This practice has been recorded as one of the most shabby episodes in British military History. Annette King, M.P. has invited the company to perform Soldier's Song in the Legislative Chamber of Parliament, 7pm Wednesday 22nd April.

Act Two, "From the Trenches with Love", written by Rose Hudson, takes place in a London pub, during 1916. The Worshipful Company of Musical Players from the village of Little Piddle in the Marsh have traveled to the pub to entertain, and to welcome troops on home leave. Genuine letters written in 1916 and 1917 are read, telling stories of every day life in the trenches somewhere in France, and patriotic music popular at the time is sung. The bravery of the troops in the trenches fueled patriotism, packing theatres and pubs during those years.

This production is a tribute to those who gave so much for King and country one hundred years ago, directed by Rose Hudson and Musical Direction by Sam Rorke.

For the Wellington Repertory ticket agent, phone 4793303.

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