A Town Named War Boy by Ross Mueller
Friday, 26th Jun 2015

Writer Ross Mueller

Director Fraser Corfield

#ATYP_WARBOY

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

In 2013, we partnered with the Australian Theatre for Young People to co-commission a new play script based on the Library’s extraordinary collection of World War I diaries. We wanted to bring the diaries to life through the voices of young actors who, a century ago, would have been preparing to go to war.

This new and exciting collaboration resulted in the production A Town Named Warboy by Ross Mueller, which performed to a sell-out two week season in the transformed Metcalfe Theatre, 1-9 May.

The play, which received critical acclaim, can be seen here https://vimeo.com/129647759

‘The rawness and immediacy with which young soldiers, some hundred years ago, put pen to paper to communicate and document what they were going through comes across clearly in this touching production.’ Sydney Arts Guide  



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