Gal­lipoli mu­si­cal will draw in au­di­ence

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Each act in the up­com­ing Porirua Lit­tle Theatre pro­duc­tion, Voices from the Front, will in­volve the au­di­ence and leave them want­ing more, says direc­tor John God­dard.

As a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the cen­te­nary of the Gal­lipoli cam­paign, the story fol­lows three hum­ble New Zealand fam­i­lies, and how the sol­diers jour­neyed to the Dardanelles and lived and died at Gal­lipoli.

It is based on let­ters sent from the front, mem­oirs of Gal­lipoli vet­er­ans and quotes and min­utes from the Coun­cil of War.

Voices from the Front is a mu­si­cal, but deals with courage and en­durance, duty and love of coun­try, mate­ship, good hu­mour, the loss of in­no­cence, sur­vival and de­cency in the face of dread­ful odds.

‘‘It’s a pro­duc­tion, a living mem­ory,’’ chore­og­ra­pher Deb­o­rah Hale said.

Though most of the cast have never worked on stage, God­dard said ev­ery­one was com­mit­ted and were keen to be there be­cause of the An­zac con­nec­tion.

‘‘ We’ve set it so you can’t help but be in­volved,’’ God­dard said.

‘‘The whole thing hap­pened from Novem­ber to April, and we have an hour to show all that in an hour.’’

God­dard said the sec­ond half would re­ally hit the au­di­ence with a sense of se­ri­ous­ness when char­ac­ters ar­rive at Gal­lipoli.

‘‘We want it to be the whole nine yards. We want to give peo­ple the sights and sounds of the battle.’’

Songs from the era in­clude I Won­der Who’s Kiss­ing Her Now, It’s a Long Way to Tip­per­ary, A Lit­tle of What You Fancy Does You Good, and Just A Song At Twi­light.

God­dard said the show would start as though set in 2015, but would jump back to 1915 through­out the acts.

‘‘This is so there is no dis­con­nec­tion of 100 years.’’ The story ends back in 2015. ‘‘In terms of com­mit­ment, it’s at the level of a pro­fes­sional show.’’ The story was writ­ten by Amanda Stone. ‘‘Most of the script is writ­ten from ac­tual books or di­a­logues,’’ Stone said.

Voices from the Front – A Gal­lipoli story,

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