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Gallipoli : A Manual of Trench Warfare

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GALLIPOLI - A Manual of Trench Warfare is touring within schools and venues during The Centenary  in 2015


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.

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

Teacher’s information pack available including in-class worksheets Q & A post- performance.
Alignment with formal curriculum content, Education Queensland - ideas and themes applicable to year levels 9, 10, 11 and 12

Audience feedback

"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. "

Supporting Venues;
Mackay Entertainment Centre – Friday 27 February
Tully Multi-Purpose Hall – Monday 2 March
Townsville Civic Centre – Tuesday 3 March
Charters Towers – World Theatre – Wednesday 4 March
Gladstone Entertainment Centre – Saturday 7 March
Kingaroy Town Hall – Tuesday 10 March
Redcliffe Cultural Centre – Friday 13 March
Coffs Cex Club – Saturday 14 March
Narrabri RSL – Monday 16 March
Moree Town Hall – Tuesday 17 March
Dalby Arts Council – Wednesday 11 March
Bingarra Roxy Theatre – Wednesday 18 March
Quilpie Shire Hall – Saturday 21 March
Penrith Panthers – Monday 20 to Friday 24 April
Wangaratta Performing Arts – Sunday 26 April
Burrinja / Upwey– Friday 1 May
Stawell Town Hall - Saturday 2 May
Barossa Arts Centre – Tuesday 5 May

For bookings and inquiries please contact Alli Pope on # 0422 492 735 or e-mail –


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.


 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.