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Australia Day Play 2023 - There's a War on, You Know

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Redland Museum is once again hosting the annual Australia Day play, in conjunction with Mates Theatre Genesis, the community-based theatre group that has been promoting Australian themed plays for close to 15 years.

The 2023 play, There's A War On, You Know, was written by Australian playwright, Peter Flanigan, who has extensive experience as a drama teacher, actor and director and has written over 50 plays.

There's A War On, You Know is a comedy of errors:

It's late 1941 and St Cecilia's School for Young Ladies is well into rehearsal for 'The Mikado', to be presented in May for Founder's Day. But when Japan enters the war, the Bishop (or rather the Bishop's wife) decrees that 'The Mikado' would be quite unsuitable. The school's efforts to overcome this disaster become entwined with the activities of the local VDF (Home Guard), which meets at the school. When some girls attempt to explain the plot of 'The Mikado' to a young VDF recruit, he thinks they are talking about a real event, and relates a garbled version to his captain. The play climaxes in an 'invasion' of the school during Founder's Day. 

The Australia Day plays have become a popular event in the Redlands social calendar, not only because of their distinct Aussie humour and flavour but because they include a two-course meal with the evening performances served outside "under the stars" or Afternoon Tea with the matinee performances. Museum volunteers and performers are hands-on serving meals which only adds to the community spirit.

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Evening Shows are scheduled as follows:

Thursday - January 26th

Friday - January 27th

Saturday - January 28th

Friday - February 3rd

Saturday - February 4th

Tickets for evening performances cost $39 and include early entry into the museum at 6pm to enjoy the exhibits, with meals served at 6.30pm, before the performance.

There will also be two matinee performances, during which Afternoon tea will be served on the verandah at 1:30pm.

Tickets for these performances cost $29 and are scheduled for :

Sunday - January 29th

Sunday - February 5th

The venue is air-conditioned, so don't be concerned about the weather. Bar facilities will be available taking cash only and there will be raffle tickets for sale.

Redlands Museum is located at 60 Smith Street, Cleveland. There is both off-street and street parking.

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Tickets are available here, & I'll be buying tickets as Christmas gifts. What a fun beginning to the New Year!

For any enquires contact 07 3286 3494 or
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Phone: 07 3286 3494
Where: Redland Museum, 60 Smith Street, Cleveland
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Oh May, how we wish our lives away as writers because we are always writing about up-coming events! I'll think about it Jan 01. lol
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