The Art House presents
A Town Named War Boy
5 Apr - 6 Apr 2018 Showing at The Art House
"We hit Cairo like a train! ... Every dirty little alley, every dusty back room bar - the pyramids are marvellous, but I could spend the rest of my days quite happily in the arms of your temptation."
Based on the State Library of NSW's jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men that set sail for the far side of the world.
Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their hand-writing, feel the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts.
Award winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this funny and moving play that sold out in its premiere Sydney season and provides "the most moving Anzac experience of all." - The Australian
Developed and presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW
Director: Fraser Corfield
Designer: Adrienn Lord
Lighting Designer: Emma Lockhart-Wilson
Composer: Steve Francis
Sound Designer: Alistair Wallace
Performers: Ryan Morgan (Tom), Josh McElroy (Snow), Edward McKenna (Huddo) and Simon Croker (John).
Producer" Australian Theatre for Young People with the State Library of New South Wales
A Performing Lines tour
"Vested Interest" | by James Jeffery | The Australian |
"Amid the hundreds of millions spent on the Anzac centenary, the Australian Theatre for Young People has created what for us has been the most moving Anzac experience of all. The play is called A Town Named War Boy, and was made with the use of the State Library of NSW collection of Anzac diaries. It ends its Sydney run on Saturday, but the hope is to take it touring."
"Lest we forget: ATYP's A Town Named War Boy" | by Glenn Saunders | The Spell of Waking Hours |
"There is an economy to Mueller's script, to Corfield's production, which lets the words of the war diaries speak for themselves, which lets the four young actors tell the stories of young men, just like themselves, who went to fight for their King and country, perhaps not knowing who or what they were really fighting for, many of whom didn't come home.
Above all else, this is a play about remembering those who did not come home, who left a piece of themselves on those beaches and battlefields on the other side of the world, and the sacrifice they made for future generations. In this and many other regards, A Town Named War Boy is a simple, effective and powerful piece of theatre; of all the Gallipoli centenary commemorations - on stage and screen, in music and theatre - this is definitely one of the strongest."
"Sydney review: A Town Named War Boy" | by Emily Richardson | Absolute Theatre |
"Each actor brings something unique to the table. The four together illustrated the camaraderie and mateship that has become emblematic of the Australian experience at war. This culminated in great amusement for the audience at the continual banter exchanged and good spirits in spite of the hardships faced."
"Humanity centre stage in ATYP and State Library's new Anzac tale" | by Chris Hook | Daily Telegraph |
"Tightly directed by Fraser Corfield...It's a clever, engaging work, performed by four charismatic and very watchable young actors."
"A Town Named War Boy @ The Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library" | by David Kary | Sydney Arts Guide |
"The rawness and immediacy with which young soldiers, some hundred years ago, put pen to paper to communicate and document what they were going through comes across clearly in this touching production."
"A Town Named War Boy - Australian Theatre for Young People" | by Bec Caton | AussieTheatre.com |
"The journey from naive, excitable boys, to scarred and vulnerable men, is a haunting one, particularly knowing all the stories are real accounts....The cast engages the audience in the lives of these men...through their focused and stunning performances."
"... a touching commemoration to the ANZACs and a compelling piece of theatre. It was a confronting reminder of the horror of war whilst remaining an enjoyable and humorous play that showcased power of the human spirit."