Aussie classic comes to local stage
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.
ON STAGE: Dylan Burgess, Jesse Miller and Tyson Davey will play Alf in The One Day of the Year.