Theatre re­minds of cen­te­nary

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

A street theatre per­for­mance de­vel­oped to recog­nise the 100-year an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Armistice which brought an end to World War One was held in War­ragul’as Civic Park re­cently.

Armistice Liv­ing Trib­ute in­volved pro­fes­sional cir­cus artists per­form­ing ac­ro­bat­ics along­side the War­ragul Mu­nic­i­pal Band.

The per­for­mance aimed to en­cour­age peo­ple to think about the sig­nif­i­cance of the Armistice and what they will be do­ing on Re­mem­brance Day, which this year marks the cen­te­nary of the armistice.

The show tells the story of Aus­tralia’s mil­i­tary mu­si­cians who from 1914 un­til 1966, had two roles to play.

They were both mem­bers of the mil­i­tary band and stretcher-bear­ers and medics who served un­der fire.

It was a tra­di­tion that Aus­tralia in­her­ited from the Bri­tish army, but one that the An­zac mu­si­cians made their own.

Mu­si­cians served in com­bat in all of Aus­tralia’s wars, un­til the prac­tice ceased in 1967 dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

Mem­bers of the band of 5 RAR were the last mu­si­cians to serve in com­bat po­si­tions.

Baw Baw Shire mayor Joe Gauci said the per­for­mance pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and cel­e­brate our com­mon her­itage and val­ues.

The street theatre per­for­mance wa ssup­ported by the state govern­ment as the fi­nal event of the four-year An­zac Cen­te­nary cam­paign.

The com­mu­nity can join the con­ver­sa­tion about the Armistice cen­te­nary by us­ing the hash­tag #Ar­misticeVic­to­ria on so­cial me­dia.

Above: Fire added to the spec­ta­cle dur­ing The Armistice Liv­ing Trib­ute per­for­mance.Right: The per­for­mance in­cluded pro­fes­sional cir­cus artists per­form­ing ac­ro­bat­ics.

The War­ragul Mu­nic­i­pal Band sup­ported The Armistice Liv­ing Trib­ute per­for­mance.

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