Bill Massey’s Tourists

26 Sep

$25 (+ service fees) / 7.30pm

Part of the inaugural Waitaki Arts Festival. An Arts on Tour NZ production.

Written and performed by Jan Bolwell.

Bill Massey’s Tourists has left audiences weeping and laughing up and down the country.

Jan Bolwell plays her adolescent self, trying to get her grandfather Arthur to talk about his life in World War One.  After much pestering, he succumbs. What follows is a gripping, painful and sometimes hilarious tale of a young Kiwi soldier from the Otago Mounted Rifles (the young soldiers called themselves the then Prime Minister Bill Massey’s “tourists”). With his mate Cyril, he survives the terrible tragedy of Passchendaele.

The play is enlivened with dance sequences set to amusing and original WW1 soldiers’ ditties and First World War poems.

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