Ian Truscott plays the lead role of Colin Bain reminising about his involvement in the military while Kayla Gott plays a student nurse in Robert Haigh's play Anzac Day.
Ian Truscott plays the lead role of Colin Bain reminising about his involvement in the military while Kayla Gott plays a student nurse in Robert Haigh's play Anzac Day. Robyne Cuerel

Man has spent 10 years writing educational Anzac play

A FRASER Coast man has spent 10 years writing Anzac Day, the latest theatrical offering from the Maryborough Players.

The play is their first production of the year and is set to debut on Wednesday, April 23 at the Brolga Theatre.

Writer Robert Haigh, who spent more than 13 years in the Australian Defence Force, said Anzac Day was one family's story about the role the military service played and how it shaped their circumstances.

The tale is told through the eyes of the patriarch, veteran Colin Bain as he prepares to attend the dawn service on Anzac Day.

He reminisces about his experiences and the influence military service has had on his family as he interacts with the staff from the nursing home where he is a resident.

His son and grandson provide a contemporary reflection on current attitudes and perceptions within the wider community.

"Much of the story is based on my military history and family involvement," Mr Haigh said.

"I had 13 years as a reserve soldier and appreciate the sacrifice made on our behalf."

Mr Haigh said Anzac Day had lost much of its meaning compared to when he was a child.

"Yet the sacrifice still deserves understanding and appreciation," he said.

"It provides an insight to all ages."

Unfortunately, it appears not everyone has supported Mr Haigh's project.

He said an education pack was given to all high schools on the Fraser Coast, but he did not receive any replies.

"No schools have booked," he said.

"The show is intended to be an educational show, bringing the meaning of Anzac Day to the current youth."

Anzac Day will be showing at 9.30am, 11.30am and 7pm on April 23.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for children.

Phone the Brolga Theatre Box Office on 4122 6060 or visit www.brolgatheatre.org.



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