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Gallipoli : A Manual of Trench Warfare

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The drama takes place in a sandbagged trench at Gallipoli, 1915 and puts a perspective on the Great War’s legend of heroism. The main character is Barry Moon, a country boy battling not only the enemy, but himself and the establishment.

When a new soldier, Irishman Brendan Barra, is brought to Barry Moon’s trench on the Gallipoli front to replace his mate who has died, Moon does not know what he is in for.

It is the love between comrades in arms, coupled with a fierce resistance to stupid and cruel authority, which Barra has inherited from his Irish warrior ancestors.

Running time – approx...90 minutes – no interval

Audience feedback to the national tour of this play in 2015.

"Every young Australian should see this poignant interpretation of the ANZAC legacy."

"This is a piece that will appeal to a wide demographic – school teachers will find it very accessible for their students. "

" OMG !!! What a brilliant show and a great tribute to the average Australian that made the ANZAC's legendary. A must see show for every true blooded Aussie. "

 

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Plot / Synopsis

When a new soldier, Irishman Brendan Barra, is brought to Barry Moon’s trench on the Gallipoli front to replace his mate who has died, Moon does not know what he is in for.
It is the love between comrades in arms, coupled with a fierce resistance to stupid and cruel authority, which Barra has inherited from his Irish warrior ancestors.
Moon, a typically unfocussed, ordinary Australian country boy, has never thought about his place in the world or the forces that manipulate him. Now, Barra gives him no choice, and Moon grows up quickly, facing issues he has never even dreamed about.
But in coming of age, Moon has been changed, and he, too, must decide where he stands.
 
                   The Set.
A trench at Gallipolli, 1915. Sandbags, a small tent-like area with a hessian roof held up by sticks. An open area. A small fire area with a platform over it for the tea billy. Bits of uniform, rifles, backpacks, a frypan, bully beef tins, scattered.
 

Cast

 Four to Six Men.
 
Barry Moon – 20. Australian private soldier.
Brendan Barra -   30S, Irish soldier in A.I.F.
Corporal McInerny - 20s. Overbearing NCO.
Jack Marriott - 20s, Australian private soldier.
A Turkish Soldier - about 16.
Ted James - 19, An Australian Soldier.

 

 

Production Costs

12.5% of Box Office.