Through song and play this highly theatrical work explores the story of two young men and their war…to end all wars.

A keen enlister, in the mounted rifles off on his big OE, one a conscientious objector, shipped to Europe for further punishment for non compliance, who then meet at the front on Flanders Fields. Along the way we visit Gallipoli, encountering NZ Commander William Malone, and travel to the Western Front during the final stages of the war.

In 2017 we note New Zealand’s Blackest Day: 3,700 New Zealand casualties, of which 45 officers and 800 men were either dead or lying mortally wounded between the lines. In terms of lives lost in a single day, this remains the blackest day in New Zealand’s post 1840 existence. An Awfully Big Adventure is timed to commemorate what happened a hundred years ago and the play interrogates the impact WW1 had for New Zealanders. It is a work that explores the complexity of the times in an accessible way for students aged 7 and up.

“I’ve spent months trying to teach my students the history and impact of WW1, and in just 10 minutes you’ve presented something to my students that they totally understand!” – Teacher, July 2014
  • Cost – $9 per person. One adult free with every 10 paying students
  • Duration – 50 minutes
  • Questions? – Contact

Shows at 10am & 11.30am

North Island

  • Clarence Street Theatre / Hamilton / Tuesday 15 August
  • War Memorial Theatre / Gisborne / Friday 18 August
  • Forum North / Whangarei / Tuesday 22 August
  • TSB Showplace, Theatre Royal / New Plymouth / Friday 25 August (part of Taranaki Arts Festival)
  • Hannah Playhouse / Wellington / Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 September

South Island

  • Civic Theatre / Invercargill / Thursday 31 August
  • Fortune Theatre / Dunedin / Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 September
  • YMCA Papa Hou / Christchurch / Friday 8 September (part of Christchurch Arts Festival)