A Town Named War Boy

29 April 2015 to 9 May 2015
State Library of NSW
$30/$20 earlybird
A Town Named War Boy

Exciting collaboration between the State Library of NSW and the Australian Theatre for Young People

Ross Mueller
Fraser Corfield

We hit Cairo like a train! … Every dirty little alley, every dusty back room bar – the pyramids are marvellous, but I could spend the rest of my days quite happily in the arms of your temptation. 

Based on the State Library of NSW’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters. A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men and women that set sail for the far side of the world. Their exploits are our history. Their sacrifices are the stories we grow up with: the ANZAC legend. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their hand writing,feel the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts. Our young past is captured, alive and preserved. 

Award winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this new Australian play that connects young men three generations apart. Developed and presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

State Library NSW

Season: 29 April- 9 May

Wed–Sat: 7:00pm
Sun: 5:00pm
Matinee: Wed and Fri 11:30am

75 minutes (No interval)

Australian Theatre For Young People
02 9270 2400

Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

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