NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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A play that brings to life the diary of Dunedin man, Gunner Leonard Frank Broad, and his experiences during the First World War. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 28-29 October 2017.

Topics: Theatre, performance Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

An Awfully Big Adventure transports audiences to the First World War to interrogate the impact it had on New Zealanders. Theatre Royal, Nelson, 17 October 2017, 6pm.

Topics: Theatre Audience: General, general audiences, Families, children Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
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Climb aboard a steam train, and join characters from the NZ military on their journey to and from the devastating Battle of Passchendaele. Wellington Railway Station, 15 October 2017, 12:15pm.

Topics: Theatre, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

An Awfully Big Adventure transports audiences to the First World War to interrogate the impact it had on New Zealanders. Civic Theatre, Invercargill, 31 August 2017, 6pm.

Topics: Theatre, Family & Lifestyle Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Invercargill
Organised by: Civic Theatre

Journey's End, a play by Passchendaele playwright R C Sherriff based on his experience in the trenches, is showing in Ypres, Belgium in a recreated bunker from 10 October to 12 November 2017. 

Topics: Theatre, Museums, Re-enactments, Overseas events, Passchendaele Audience: veterans, secondary students, Teachers, Individuals / Families, historians

A poignant, stirring theatrical production, based on actual letters sent home from the front. Performed at Hannah Playhouse, Wellington from 4-8 April 2017.

Topics: Theatre, Performances, Events, Gallipoli Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
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This performance installation, set in the trenches in 1916, uses original music, puppetry, projection mapping, and live and virtual words. At Te Manawa, 27-28 February 2016.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Theatrical performances, Soldiers Audience: General, children, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Taki Rua Productions presents the world premiere of All Our Sons, a ground-breaking First World War play by Witi Ihimaera, at Circa Theatre, Wellington, between 6-14 November 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Plays, Theatrical performances, Maori, Events Audience: General, theatre goers, Descendants, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Taki Rua Productions

St Margaret’s College students present a dramatised story of the nurses on the ill-fated ship, the Marquette. Held at the Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch, from 22-23 October 2015.

Topics: Theatre, nurses Audience: General, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
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An emotionally powerful play about the friendship between England’s great war poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. On at Auckland's PumpHouse Theatre from 25-30 August 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Theatrical performances, poetry Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
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A play based on the prolific First World War fundraiser Helena Barnard, performed by St Mary's Diocesan School students. At The Castle, Stratford, from 11-13 August 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Local history, Fundraising, Performing Arts, Women in wartime Audience: General, Students, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Stratford

Audiences will experience the absurdity and adversity of the attack on Chunuk Bair in this classic play, being performed at Shambles Theatre in Rotorua from 29 July to 8 August 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, Chunuk Bair, Plays Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua
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A performance of Maurice Shadbolt's classic play, paying tribute to the young men of Wellington Battalion who saw action on Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, in 1915. In Carterton from 8-15 August 2015.

Topics: Chunuk Bair, Events, Theatre, Theatrical performances, Plays Audience: theatre goers, General Located in: New Zealand, Carterton

A new theatre work developed by Long Cloud Youth Theatre and Canberra Youth Theatre looking at the development of the Anzac relationship. On at BATS Theatre, Wellington, 23-31 October 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, ANZAC, Australia Audience: General, Youth, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

West Otago Theatrical presents "We Will Remember Them" at the West Otago Community Centre, Tapanui, from 2-5 July 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, Plays Audience: General, theatre goers
Organised by: West Otago Theatrical

Heroes is the bittersweet story of three old First World War comrades, cooped up in a country home for veterans. Performances held at Titirangi Theatre, Auckland, 2-13 June 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Plays, Events Audience: theatre goers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
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'The Frontline Gazette' is a unique theatrical performance by Birkenhead College students, taking place at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland, 23-24 May 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, Plays Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Performing Maurice Shadbolt's classic Gallipoli play, 'Once on Chunuk Bair', at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch. 29 July - 8 August 2015.

Topics: Chunuk Bair, Events, Theatrical performances, Theatre, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

A unique theatre experience at Birkenhead College from 6-9 May 2015, where audiences will be moved between a variety of scenes that form the world of the war era.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, Plays Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Birkenhead College

Waiheke Theatres of Resistance and Cue Productions will premiere this full-length play as part of the events commemorating the First World War. At Artworks Community Theatre, 1-3 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Theatrical performances, Theatre, Concientious objectors Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waiheke Island

Motueka District Museum will be transformed on 21 and 22 April in order to transport visitors on a theatrical journey half a world and 100 years away.

Topics: Theatre, reenactmnents, Events, Theatrical performances, Museums Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Motueka
Organised by: Motueka District Museum

Invercargill Repertory Society presents Maurice Shadbolt's First World War drama 'Once on Chunuk Bair' at the Civic Theatre between 22 and 25 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Gallipoli, Anzac Day 2015, Chunuk Bair Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: Invercargill

This anti-war musical involves multimedia, music, clowning, dance and drama combine to produce a powerful statement about the First World War. At Hamilton's Playhouse Theatre from 3-6 June 2015.

Topics: Plays, Events, Theatre, Musicals Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: University of Waikato

Torbay Theatre presents a musical revue, inspired by the two World Wars, at Torbay Community Hall, 18-26 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, Musicals Audience: theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Torbay Theatre

The true cost of war, as felt by New Zealand women, will be explored by the Voice Arts Trust at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea on 28 March 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Choir, Vocal Music, Women in wartime Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Voice Arts Trust

Local youth worked with residents at Waitakere Gardens Retirement Village to develop Capturing the Anzac Tales. At Auckland's Bruce Ritchie Performing Arts Centre, 10-12 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, youth, Oral history, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waitakere

Performing Maurice Shadbolt's classic Gallipoli play, 'Once on Chunuk Bair', at the Mana Little Theatre in Plimmerton. 15-25 April 2015

Topics: Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, Theatre, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Plimmerton
Organised by: Mana Little Theatre

Two prominent New Zealand playwrights will talk about the challenges of writing about the First World War at the Kerr St Artspace in Devonport on 8 March 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Performing Arts, Plays, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Devonport
Organised by: Kerr Street Artspace

A musical tribute to those who gave so much during the Great War. Performances at Newtown Cultural Community Centre, Wellington, from 15-18 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Performing Arts Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Bringing to life, through words and music, the stories of New Zealand women at home and abroad during the First World War. At Auckland Museum from 16-19 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Women in wartime, Events, Performing Arts, letters Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
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Thames Music and Drama presents a collection of songs, recordings, and sketches as a tribute to those who served. At the Tararu Cultural Centre, 13 - 17 March 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Thames
Organised by: Thames Music and Drama

Returning for a third season, the play 'Sister Anzac' about NZ nurses at Gallipoli will be performed in Auckland and Hamilton in August and September 2016.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events, nurses Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Hamilton
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A concert of music, visual art, and readings in commemoration of the first Anzac Day. 23 April 2015 at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Hastings.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Performing Arts, Music Audience: General, Artists Located in: New Zealand, Hastings

A play that transports audiences aged 8-14 back to the First World War. Playing in Wellington on 20 and 21 March 2015 as part of the Capital E National Arts Festival.

Topics: Theatre, Education, Events, Performing Arts Audience: School students, Students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Capital E

Fortune Theatre in Dunedin hosts the world première of a play about Jack Braithwaite, a New Zealand soldier executed for mutiny in 1916. Runs from 28 March - 18 April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Theatre, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Fortune Theatre Trust

The Court Jesters, Christchurch's hilarious improvised comedy company, recreate a front line First World War Christmas show at the Court Theatre, 4–20 December 2014.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Theatrical performances, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: The Court Jesters

Sisters in Arms is a rollercoaster through vitality and colour, tenderness and grief, drawn from the writers’ own great-grandmothers' experience. In Nelson, 18 - 19 October 2014.

Topics: Theatre, Music, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Ake Ake Theatre Company

The Ellerslie Theatrical Society presents Journey's End - a play about the First World War, at Auckland's Stables Theatre, 8 - 15 November.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Theatrical performances, Events Audience: theatre goers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Stables Theatre

Peninsula Players perform the stage adaptation of 'Blackadder Goes Forth'. Centrestage Theatre, Auckland, 10 October 2014.

Topics: Comedy, Theatre, Performing Arts, October 14 Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Centrestage Theatre

Production of the play 'Oh What a Lovely War', and creation of crosses for Timaru Boys' High School old boys who served during the First World War. 27-29 May 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Performing Arts, Theatre, Education Audience: Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Timaru
Organised by: Timaru Boys High School

Jan Bolwell's solo play about her grandfather's experiences on the Western Front during the First World War.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General, Teachers, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Jan Bolwell

An original full-length play inspired by actual events during the First World War. Written by Sheri O'Neill and produced by Northland theatre group Platform Thirteen.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Conscientious objection Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Dargaville, New Zealand, Whangarei
Organised by: Platform Thirteen

Creating a new play about young Aussies and Kiwis visiting Gallipoli on the night before Anzac Day. What is it that attracts them?

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

Capital E National Theatre for Children's An Awfully Big Adventure explores the First World War in context and its impact on New Zealanders. Accessible to students aged 8+, touring in 2014.

Topics: Education, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre, August 14 Audience: Students, School students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton, New Zealand, Invercargill, New Zealand, Manukau, New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, Nelson, New Zealand, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Palmerston North

In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, Crows Feet Dance Collective presents a full-length work to Karl Jenkins famous evocative score The Armed Man. April 2014.

Topics: Performing Arts, Theatre, Events, dance, Anzac Day 2014 Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Otaki, New Zealand, Upper Hutt

Centrepoint Theatre premieres The War Artist, a play based on the painting "Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by war artist George Butler. On from 15 March-12 April 2014.

"Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by George Butler, one of New Zealand's official war artists.
Topics: Events, Theatre, Performing Arts Audience: secondary students, General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Centrepoint Theatre

The Lion Foundation Season of Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt, produced by Auckland Theatre Company. A classic play about the tragic battle at Gallipoli, on 12 June – 5 July 2014.

Topics: Events, Gallipoli, Performing Arts, Theatre, Chunuk Bair Audience: Teachers, Students, General, Families, veterans Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Theatre Company

Women at the Front (working title) is a new international theatre collaboration for WW100 between Ake Ake Theatre Company NZ and Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic (Dah Teatar) Serbia. Funded by Creative NZ.

Topics: Theatre, Medical care, Women in wartime, Events, October 14 Audience: Teachers, Students, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Europe - other, Dunedin

Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt will be performed at Riverlea Theatre, Riverlea Road, Hamilton from April 25 to May 1 2015.

Topics: Events, Theatre, Anzac Day 2015, Performing Arts, Chunuk Bair Audience: Students, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton Playbox