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Taranaki Arts Festival - Anzac Eve


Wed 23 Aug 2017, 8:30pm
Thu 24 Aug 2017, 6:00pm

Where: Theatre Royal - TSB Showplace, 92 - 100 Devon St West, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • Premium: $42.00
  • Premium friend: $37.00
  • A reserve adult: $37.00
  • A reserve child: $29.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Cleo Wood

Having already written a play set in World War I, Dave Armstrong didn’t want to write one about Gallipoli, until he had the idea of a modern-day tale.

Anzac Eve is about four young backpackers from Down Under going to Gallipoli for the Dawn Ceremony, complete with selfies and smuggled vodka.

Are they there for patriotic pride or a possible hook-up?

In this poignant but funny rite-of-passage story, Maia, self-confessed ‘Brizzie bimbo’ and Lizzie the Mozzie (a Maori Australian) meet Kiwis Ben, a graduate of New Zealand history, and Phil, a graduate of the Munich Beer Festival.

Audiences will laugh and cry at Dave Armstrong’s (Niu Sila) modern take on the Gallipoli story which asks what we have learned in the last 100 years.

“It is a rare play which can cram in so much in so short a time, but an even rarer one which can do it with such vibrancy, flair and humour.” - Alan Scott - Theatreview

“A triumph of script, performance, direction and design. I loved it and didn't want it to end.” - Gail Pittaway - Theatreview

To the point: Modern tale of Gallipoli/heartfelt but humorous/rite of passage/playful and poignant/unflinchingly honest.

Warning: Contains coarse language

Sponsored by: Corporate Cleaning Solutions
Supported by: Creative New Zealand
Produced by: Armstrong Creative