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Taranaki Arts Festival - An Awfully Big Adventure


Thu 24 Aug 2017, 6:00pm

Where: TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission adult: $20.00
  • General admission friend: $18.00
  • General admission child: $15.00
  • General admission family: $55.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Cleo Wood

New Zealand/Aotearoa

For the generation of New Zealanders who went to World War I, heading to the other side of the world to fight for the motherland was often seen as an awfully big adventure.

The reality proved to be a far cry from that, as is revealed in this often hilarious, but thought-provoking play.

The story, with its very own links to Taranaki, explores what happens when two young Kiwi men with very different views on war find themselves on the battlefields of Europe struggling to survive.

One sees war as his chance to see the world before he’s thrust into the trenches of Gallipoli, the other, a conscientious objector, faces persecution for refusing to put on the uniform.

Not that it’s all serious. This one-hour family-friendly story is also told through fun songs and clever set design, presenting complex politics in a way that everyone can discuss and understand.

“An Awfully Big Adventure is exactly the sort of show I would have loved as a child, and one I absolutely love now as an adult”. - Theatre Review

Suitable for ages 7+

Sponsored by: Methanex
Supported by: Creative NZ

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