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An entertaining insight into World War 1
Many Australians have grown up hearing about World War 1, whether it be within school or stories passed down through the generations, but how much do we really understand? How can a young person from the 21st century connect and relate to something that happened 100 years ago?
The Unknown Soldier, presented by Monkey Baa Theatre, sets out to explore the journey of one young soldier fighting in a battle that has been described as one of the most horrific conflicts in history.
Set in the modern day, The Unknown Soldier follows a young boy and his Aunty as they uncover the story of a 16 year old soldier and his experience battling throughout WW1.
The play takes you on an intense and emotional journey, placing you in the shoes of the young soldier and one brave mother and her quest to find her son who is declared missing in action.
The Unknown Soldier is targeted at young people aged 10 and aims to provide an alternative and more engaging way to explain such an important piece of Australian history.
Sandra Eldridge, both writer and performer of the Unknown Soldier, takes a part of history and places it into a modern day setting, providing a better platform to understand the circumstances of war. For a production that has a two man cast (Sandra Eldridge playing Aunt Angela and Nurse Grace and Felix Johnson playing both Charlie and Albert), I could not have been more impressed. For me, this production definitely shed a new light on how I had viewed WW1 previously.
Although the Unknown Soldier is aimed at a younger audience, it was extremely entertaining, and made an educational experience an enjoyable one. It provides the audience with an experience in which they cannot help but connect with the characters.