Through the songs and images of war and the homefront, The Great War recreates this period for a contemporary audience. Projected images form the background to a narrative of the war’s chronology and in particular, the Australian experience of WW1.
The music of the period served to unite the participants in the war, both military and civilian. Through popular song and parody, they expressed their longing for a return to peace and their reactions to the strange experiences which overwhelmed so many societies.
Fresh from his role as the Song Man in the Australian production of War Horse, John Thompson moulds history into theatrical narrative in this commemorative presentation.
First performed in November 2013, The Great War has been developed as a touring production for both concert presentation and as a tailored show for schools.