Classic Australian play explores meaning of ANZAC

Burdekin residents will have the chance to see a classic Australian play when The One Day of the Year takes to the stage at the Burdekin Theatre next Tuesday, May 12.

It’s timely that in the centenary of ANZAC this performance explores the meaning of ANZAC Day.

For war veterans like Alf Cook and his friend Wacka Dawson, it’s the chance to commemorate history, celebrate heroism and conjure national pride.

For Alf’s son Hughie, ANZAC Day flies the flag for a very different reality, one that brings the dignity of our Diggers to its knees and into the gutter – via one too many down the pub.

On its release in the 1960s this play sparked a huge controversy and its first production had a policeman stationed at the stage door to ward off the angry public.

Death threats were issued to the author. A play that incites as much passion now as ever, The One Day of the Year looks at our national legend through the eyes of generation, class and character.

On the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, HIT Productions brings a thoroughly fresh take on this truly Australian classic.

Director Denis Moore said it was a privilege to be asked to direct a classic Australian play.

“Alan Seymour’s The One Day of the Year stands with Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll as a landmark work of the late 1950s,” he said.

“For the first time on the Australian stage, Seymour’s play had the courage to cast a searching eye over one of the nation’s sacred symbolic days – ANZAC Day – and to examine, with honesty tempered by compassion, the rifts that open up between family members, generations and classes as a result of this veneration.

“To revive this great play in the context of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing is entirely appropriate and will, I’m sure, secure strong houses and induce in audiences a mood of thoughtful celebration.”

The One Day of the Year will be performed at the Burdekin Theatre on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7.30pm. Get your tickets now from the Burdekin Shire Council.


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