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Forced conscription - whose side are you on?
Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble presents The Blood Votes – a new play by Michael Futcher, directed by Rob Pensalfini. Quite fitting with the lead up to Remembrance Day, The Blood Votes gives you an insight into the divisive and at times violent conscription debates of 1916 and 1917.
Challenging you to ponder enforced participation in war through the eyes of mothers, sons, lovers, serving soldiers, workers on the home front and religious and political groups. Fierce opinions shine through and force you to question and cloud even your own views on such a patriotic and emotionally driven topic.
The extremely talented and experienced cast take you through an unbelievably raw and captivating journey, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the 2.5-hour performance (inclusive of an interval). The talent of the cast will make you feel the tension and horrendous decisions that had to be made all those years ago. You will see firsthand the debates, the turmoil and the tears which have all shaped Australia and had an impact on what it has become today.
The Holy Trinity Parish Hall which was built from 1891 to 1892 is the perfect venue for such a scene to be set. The beautiful old hall can be found on Church Street in Fortitude Valley. There is metred street parking available, however, McWhirter's Car Park and Fortitude Valley train station are only a short stroll away.
Running nightly from the 7th until the 11th November at 7.30pm with a special Sunday Matinee Remembrance Day session at 1pm, The Blood Votes is one not to be missed. Tickets are just $35 for adults and $28 for children and concessions. You can purchase directly from The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble website by clicking here.
Take an eye-opening journey back in time and appreciate what our families would have gone through. The angst, the grief and moral dilemmas that were part of everyday life.