Personal stories told by family about the soldiers and nurses who served in the First World War, collected alongside performances of the play Sister Anzac.
Sister Anzac, a live theatre performance, showed to critical and audience acclaim in 2014 at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and at the Maritime Museum in Auckland, and then again in March 2015 as part of WW100 commemorations at the Navy Museum and Going West Festival 2016.
We were privileged to have audience members visit us during rehearsal, and then after performances, to share their stories and personal connections with the First World War.
We are producing this play as part of the Going West Festival in West Auckland, September 2015, and it will also be travelling elsewhere in the country in the latter part of 2016, as well as going to Q Theatre and the Maritime Museum.
Inspired by the audience stories we have created a page on the Stark Theatre website page to upload audio recordings as podcasts. These recordings are our current project. We are collecting people's stories about their parents', grandparents' experiences to travel with our play. In particular we would like to record people's stories after they have seen Sister Anzac, and as provoked or inspired by the play. This will mean collecting stories from everywhere we visit with the play.
We want everyone who sees the show, and has a story they want to share, to contact us and have the opportunity to be recorded (audio) and be uploaded to the website. We are not restricted to people who have seen the show. All personal stories are welcomed.
If you were one of those people who told us your story at the Navy Museum or the Maritime Museum please get in touch.
If you have a story to share about your parents, grandparents during the First World War, please also get in touch.
If you want to listen to the stories as they go up on the site visit www.starktheatre.nz/podcasts and subscribe (free). These recordings are made through Ruru Podcasts: audio stories to listen to when all is quiet and the ruru (morepork) is hooting.