Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt

Directed by Paulette McIndoe

15 - 25 April 2015


Once on Chunuk Bair is the story of New Zealand's emergence as a nation. On August 8th 1915 the Wellington Regiment, part of the NZ Expeditionary Force, took and held Chunuk Bair, a pivotal peak overlooking Gallipoli Bay. Although a tragic tale that will be remembered as one of the most horrific episodes of modern war, it is a tale that nonetheless needs to be told. Lest we forget.

Written by Maurice Shadbolt, one of New Zealand's most celebrated novelists, playwrights, history writers and storytellers, this play skillfully recreates the realities of war but with touches of the type of humour found among groups of men facing tough situations. Of the 760 men who had reached the summit, 711 had become casualties. We will remember them.

Lest we forget... (click here to watch on youtube)

Cast (in progress)
Colonel Connolly Bruce Cannell
Sergeant Frank Craig Haywood
Scruffy Matt Beddow
Smiler Ben Ratchford
Holy Alistair Smith
Nobby and Dusty Baxter Cannell
Lieutenant Harkness Carl Johnstone
Porky Damian Reid
Fred Christian Shaw
Bassett Matt Oliver
Mac Jacob Cannell
Otaki George Kasiano "Gus" Mita
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Thanks to Harcourts for their sponsorship of Mana Little Theatre. Thanks also to those who have loaned various props.

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