The One Day of the Year

Finborough Theatre

The One Day of the Year

19 May 2015 - 13 Jun 2015

£14.00 - £16.00

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For war veterans like Alf and his friend Wacka, ANZAC Day is an opportunity to commemorate history and the forging of Australia's national identity.

For Alf’s son Hughie, reacting against everything his father stands for, ANZAC Day is a just an out-of-date nationalist nostalgia fest, so he decides to do a photo-essay for a magazine portraying the "real" celebration of the day: ex-servicemen passed out in the gutter in an alcoholic stupor...

The One Day of the Year generated huge controversy in Australia following its publication in 1960 with a policeman stationed at the stage door to ward off the angry public, while death threats were sent to the author. Last seen in the UK at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1961, this production rediscovers an Australian theatre classic.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign and taking place during a year of world-wide ceremonies commemorating the battle, the production is presented as part of the annual Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts.


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“A play that both probes a national wound and raises larger questions about the ritualistic nature of acts of remembrance. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“It’s Anzac Day and the memory of Gallipoli causes pride, shame and family conflict in this pungently acted revival. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“An engaging look at Australian identity and class. ”

Honour Bayes (Time Out, The Stage)

“A frustrating mess of viewpoints.. Wright is a compelling muddle of idealistic youth and naivety... Little... lacks subtlety. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

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