Anzac Eve is an exciting new play about a disparate group of twentysomethings on their big OE, who happen upon each other the night before Dawn commemorations at Gallipoli. National pride and personal issues stir up strong feelings as tempers flare, romance sparks and ghosts are uncovered. Each seeing historical events through their own lense, are they really there to solemnly commemorate the occasion? Or, are they just there for a boozy party and possible hook-up?
Directed by Jamie McCaskill and Written by Dave Armstrong, Anzac Eve is highly entertaining and takes an honest and unflinching look at the Anzac experience. This fresh and contemporary take on a significant time in our nation’s history, is a must-see for every young New Zealander.
Duration: 50 minutes
Commissioned by the Festival of Colour and funded by NZ WW1 Centenary Fund.
Contains a small amount of coarse language.
Anzac Eve is uniquely suited to High School students, with elements of humour, the work highlights historical events in a relatable way. Students have said that they “believed the characters” and could identify with them, they appreciated the humour and the historical significance of the story without feeling “bogged down by it”. With differing personal views on the same story, the work explores principles of understanding others, their individual beliefs and the personal experiences behind them.
“For a piece of theatre to hold and audience of year 11-13 boys right through their precious interval, without any sense of restlessness, it has to be good. The boys were engaged by close to home characters, the humour, and the fresh and contemporary take on a bit of history they are familiar with.”
– Wellington College (Kirsty Jazledine, Arts Director)
“Anzac Eve was exceptionally well-written and performed. It provided a great balance of historical perspectives, engaging character development, and current issues, presented in a relevant, authentic, and powerful way.” - Scots College (Claire Hall, Learning Area Coordinator)
Recommended 13+ some language may offend
Child (16 and under): $10.00
Family (2 parents/grandparents & 2 children/students): $58.00
Concession - Senior and Unwaged: $22.00
Student - Tertiary and Secondary: $15.00
Friends of Baycourt members: $20.00