WW1 story to be shared

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A GRAND-DAUGHTER encourages her grandfather to talk about his experiences during World War 1 in Bill Massey’s Tourists, the latest offering for Southland audiences from The House Series.

Performer Jan Bolwell leads audiences through a gripping, painful and sometimes hilarious story of a young Kiwi soldier from the Otago Mounted Rifles (one of Bill Massey’s tourists) and his survival from the tragedy of Passchendaele.

The House Series co-ordinator Jade Gillies said Bill Massey’s Tourists was a good opportunity for Southland audiences to see this remarkable play.

The Passchendaele campaign affected many Southland families and the play highlighted a defining part of our history, he said.

“Arts On Tour always provide amazing pieces of work and this is no exception.

“These were our boys, and this is their story.”

The show will be performed in Invercargill and Te Anau, and entry is by koha (donation).

“I really want to give everyone the opportunity to come along without cost being a barrier… [guests] can simply pay what they can afford – or nothing at all – without missing out on a quality theatre experience,” Gillies said.

Bolwell is a playwright, performer, choreographer and director of Wellington’s Crows Feet Dance Collective.

Bill Massey’s Tourists is Bolwell’s fifth play and the third in a trilogy of solo plays. Standing on my Hands told the story of her father’s World War 2 experiences and Here’s Hilda! was the dramatisation of her grandmother’s life.

Bill Massey’s Tourists, presented by Arts on Tour and The House Series, will be performed at Invercargill’s Repertory House tomorrow, Friday, September 22, and at the Te Anau Club on Saturday, September 23. Both performances begin at 7.30pm. Koha.

For more information go to www.thehouseseries.co.nz.

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