Aussie clas­sic comes to lo­cal stage

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC CENTENARY -

A CHAR­AC­TER who ques­tioned the sig­nif­i­cance of An­zac Day caused quite a stir when Alan Sey­mour’s The One Day of the Year hit the­atres in 1958, but it was the true-blue An­zac themes of mate­ship and loy­alty that have the kids at Monto State High School still iden­ti­fy­ing with the Aussie clas­sic to­day.

Drama teacher Kirsten Burgess said she chose the play for the Year 11 and 12 class as a way of cel­e­brat­ing the 100 year An­zac mile­stone, and be­cause it showed how the mean­ing of An­zac Day had evolved.

“The play is about a fa­ther and son, Alf and Hughie,” she said.

“Alf missed all the op­por­tu­ni­ties in life be­cause he grew up dur­ing the de­pres­sion then fought in­WorldWar II.

“He made sure his son Hughie went to uni, but then Hughie started to ques­tion An­zac Day, which in the 1950s was a big p*** up.”

Each of the three acts of the play will see a dif­fer­ent stu­dent play­ing each char­ac­ter, and the three boys, Tyson Davey, Dy­lan Burgess and Jesse Miller, set to play Alf the fa­ther had al­ready learnt to see from the old vet­eran’s point of view.

“I like Alf. He is a down-to-earth, old type of char­ac­ter,” Tyson said.

“I guess An­zac Day was more painful back then, it was more re­cent. To­day it’s more about the mem­ory, it’s more cer­e­mo­nial.”

Dy­lan had the dif­fi­cult role of play­ing a drunk Alf, af­ter a day at the RSL Club on An­zac Day and said it was hard to act out the dark side of a good per­son.

“It’s hard to play the dark side,” he said.

The drama class will go to Bris­bane on Mon­day to see pro­fes­sion­als act out the play.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

ON STAGE: Dy­lan Burgess, Jesse Miller and Tyson Davey will play Alf in The One Day of the Year.

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