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.
'Everybody's Reading Room' is the story of the civil disobedience of a small town pacifist in the backblocks of Northland during the First World War.
Based on the true story of Dargaville First World War conscientious objector, Alfred Gregory, the first civilian prosecuted under New Zealand's 1916 Military Service Act, the play spans the years 1915-1919 and is intended to engage local people with the history of their area and its people at the time of the centenary.
Although characters and events have been fictionalised, the play is extensively informed by local history of the time, including the exploits of former Prime Minister and Kaipara war hero, Joseph Gordon Coates.
The play opens on 30 May 2015 in Dargaville, followed by performances in Maungaturoto and Whangarei.
Platform Thirteen is a Northland-based theatre group originally formed in 2012 to tour a distinctly Northland production of Shakespeare's Tempest, and committed to providing theatre opportunities for Northlanders: onstage, backstage and in the audience.