by Alan Seymour
SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY STAGED PLAYREADING to commemorate the centenary of Anzac Day
ANZAC EVE, FRIDAY APRIL 24 at 7.30pm
Goodwood Institute 166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
"Your boy’s growing up. You’ve got to face that. He’s got the right to think and say what he likes. Any fightin’ we ever did, you’n’ me, in any wars, it was to give him that right. "
One of Australia’s favourite plays, Alan Seymour’s 1958 play explores the universal theme of father-son conflict against the beery haze and nostalgic sentimentality of that conglomeration of legend, mythology and national celebration that is Anzac Day.
It tells of a young university student, Hughie Cook, who helps his girlfriend Jan write a newspaper article which is critical of the Anzac Day memorial and its boozy celebrations, bringing Hughie into conflict with his ex-serviceman father, Alf.
The play unravels the strands of prejudice that often underpin strongly held beliefs, and explores the deterioration of the national commemoration. Family drama and intergenerational conflict are interwoven with the broader problems of an Australian sense of identity.