"It's Anzac Day this week, that's my day, that's the old Diggers' day."
Alf works hard all year. He works at a job that was not what he would have chosen in his youth, but he does the job. He has his mates and he wants his son to have the education he never had the opportunity to have. But did this "education" divide father and son in a way that Alf never thought it could?
"Sparking huge controversy on its release in the 1960s, the play's first ever production had a policeman stationed at the stage door to ward off the angry public. Death threats were issued to the author. The One Day of the Year looks at our national legend through the eyes of generation, class and character." (Source: Riverside Theatre website)
Is this astoundingly Australian play, written by Alan Seymour in the 1950's and first performed in 1961 just as relevant today?
When they tell the story of Wacka and how he had "actually been there" at Gallipoli and that there are no more World War 1 Diggers left, you realise that the next generation is moving forward.
And just as these men who endured so much have passed on, Alan Seymour, the playwright of 'One Day of the Year', passed away Monday night, just before this performance hit the stage. His nephew gave a brief speech at the end of the play and quoted Adam Lindsay Gordon Melbourne monument, which carries the verse: "Life is mainly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another's trouble. Courage in your own" and gave us a little bit of insight into the man who wrote this part of Australian history.
I found it quite a personal experience seeing aspects of my grandfather's generation. The play questioned the sentiments of a generation who had had to go to war, endured depression and miss the opportunities that youth brings with it now.