Plays fo­cuses on An­zac Day

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

WHAT is the mean­ing of An­zac Day?

The 1958 play The One Day of the Year, writ­ten by Alan Sey­mour, ex­am­ines the dif­fer­ences with which the older and younger gen­er­a­tions view this day.

The Aus­tralian play will be per­formed at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre by Mel­bourne com­pany Hit Pro­duc­tions. Man­ag­ing direc­tor Christine Har­ris said this was a re­ally im­por­tant pro­duc­tion tour this year.

“Be­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Gal­lipoli land­ing... we as Aus­tralians are fo­cus­ing on our her­itage and our past and ob­vi­ously look­ing at what went be­fore,” she said.

Con­tro­ver­sial for its time, the play high­lights the con­flict be­tween a fa­ther and son over tions,” Ms Har­ris said.

“It’s also a beau­ti­fully en­ter­tain­ing piece that is so touch­ing.”

Ms Har­ris said the direc­tor hadn’t cre­ated a pe­riod piece.

“He’s ac­tu­ally taken a very con­tem­po­rary look with this pro­duc­tion,” she said, de­scrib­ing the play as an “ab­so­lute Aus­tralian clas­sic”.

“I re­mem­ber sit­ting in the au­di­ence on open­ing night and hav­ing ab­so­lute goose bumps,” she said.

Ms Har­ris said the per­for­mance would def­i­nitely res­onate with au­di­ences.

“There’s so much beau­ti­ful Aus­tralian ver­nac­u­lar through­out the piece,” she said.

“It’s a won­der­ful look at the gen­er­a­tional di­vi­sion... over An­zac Day.”

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