NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Wellington Repertory Theatre's production - Soldier's Songs

Soldier's Songs is Wellington Repertory Theatre's 2015 Anzac production, playing in three locations around Anzac Day 2015.

Soldier's Songs is Wellington Repertory Theatre's 2015 Anzac production, a tribute to those who gave so much during the 'war to end all wars', the First World War.

Devised and directed by Rose Hudson; musical director Sam Rorke.

Programme:

Soldier's Song

A short play by NZ playwright Campbell Smith. Based on fact, telling the story of a young soldier in France, who fled from the trenches, and was caught and later executed by the British for "cowardice in the face of the enemy". The British Army's General Haig was a close friend of King George V. He had no time for un-soldierly conduct such as shell shock. These executions took place immediately, usually without trial, and have been recorded as one of the most shabby episodes in British history.

From the Trenches with Love

An old fashioned music hall night in a London pub in 1916, where ANZAC and British troops are gathered to tell their stories and have a singalong with friends and family. A very special night for the ANZACs as they were part of the official first official Anzac Day Parade in London that day, and had been hailed by the British press as the "Knights of Gallipoli". The heroic troops fueled patriotism and pack British pubs and theatres.

To be held at three separate venues in Wellington around Anzac Day 2015:

  • Newtown Community Centre, cr Rintoul and Colombo Streets, Newtown. 15 to 18 April at 7.30pm (plus a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th). For bookings, please email wellingtonrep@xtra.co.nz or phone 476 3515.
  • Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament. Wednesday 22 April, 6.30/7.30pm. Hosted by Annette King, MP.
  • Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, Saturday 2 May. Red Cross World War One Singalong.
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09 January 2015
Date added: 10 January 2015 | Last updated: 04 May 2016
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