Following a sold-out season at the State Library of NSW in 2015, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) will present A Town Named Warboy by award-winning playwright Ross Mueller at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, 12 and 13 June.
Drawing on the library’s collection of World War One diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named Warboy breathes life into the personal accounts of four young men who set sail for the far side of the world.
One of those young men is Snow, an army signaller returned to Australia from the Dardanelles minus a hand and with a head full of voices of the mates he went to war with and left behind at Lone Pine.
Shining a light on the human face of war are an exceptional young cast including Josh McElroy, Simon Croker, Edward McKenna and Ryan Morgan.
Originally co-commissioned by ATYP and the State Library of NSW in 2015 to mark the ANZAC Centenary, the production returns to Sydney for the Riverside season at the end of a national tour and in the final year of the commemorations.
Riverside Theatres has presented work over the four years around the themes including dance, music and theatre.
Playwright Ross Mueller said, “It’s pretty clear that the anniversary is a grand reminder of the sacrifices that young people made for freedom and their nation. The diaries remind us that we must learn from history. The voices are raw, honest and young, full of wisdom gleaned from a vicious experience.”
Director of Riverside Theatres Robert Love said, “This profound and gripping production interweaves stories of mateship and scenes of war to provide insights into the experiences of Australian soldiers. A Town Named Warboy is a perfect way to round off the four years of the themed programming.”
When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 June
Where: Riverside Theatres – corner of Church and Market St, Parramatta
Tickets: Adult $31, Concession: $26. Discounts available for Riverside Theatres’ Members.
Transaction fees: phone $4.60, web $3.60 and counter $2.60.
Bookings: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/war-boy/ or from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399
Suitable for: Ages 14+ years