Multi-award winning New Zealand playwright, Dave Armstrong, offers a contemporary take on one of the nation’s formative historical events in the premiere of Anzac Eve, playing 31 March – 5 April at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre.
This highly entertaining and unflinching look at the ANZAC experience speaks to a generation of Kiwis whose national identity has been moulded by the heroic efforts of their forefathers.
Anzac Eve follows four young antipodean travellers on their big OE. Tempers flare, romance sparks and ghosts are uncovered, as two young Kiwi guys meet two young Aussie girls on an evening where national pride is fiercely felt. Each seeing historical events through their own lens, are they really there to solemnly commemorate the occasion? Do these characters really know their history or are they simply buying into convenient Anzac myths? Have we really learnt from Gallipoli or are we still making the same mistakes 100 years later?
Anzac Eve plays
Friday 31 March 11am, 7pm
Saturday 1 April, 7pm
Monday 3 April, 11am, 7pm
Tuesday 4 April, 11am, 7pm
Wednesday 5 April, 11am, 7pm