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Canberra Theatre Centre presents Australian Theatre for Young People’s

A Town Named War Boy by Ross Mueller


A Town Named War Boy is a touching, funny, and intimate work originally co-produced with the State Library of NSW and opened on the eve of the 100-year anniversary of Gallipoli.

“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 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.

Award winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this funny and moving play that sold out in its premiere Sydney season and provides “the most moving Anzac experience of all.”  The Australian

Developed and presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

Hero shot by Luke Stambouliah

Term 1, Week 10

Year 9–12

Thursday 12 April, 10am with Post Show Q&A
Friday 13 April, 10am & 1pm with Post Show Q&A at both shows

75 minutes, no interval.

$25.00 each student for group bookings of 15 or more (with one teacher/minder free of charge for every 15 bookings).

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For booking queries, please contact the Box Office
P: (02) 6275 2700

For education resources, please contact Education Officer Peter Van Rijswik
P: (02) 6243 5700

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