Mud and Blood WWI Play Ballarat Mechanics Institute
Mon 27 May 2019 12:00 am to 12:00 am
Mud and Blood, a compelling 80-minute WWI play at Ballarat Mechanics Institute about Pompey Elliott is on 17 May 2019 at 12.30 and 7pm.
It shows the sacrifices of men and women a century ago at war and at home.
Written by Meg McNena and directed powerfully by Alice Bishop, Gallipoli and The Somme are re-lived, letters of love span the sea, women’s hands and voices are busy and music intones the era.
Set 1914-1921 in battle and at home, Pompey Elliott, inspires as husband, father, general, Anzac veteran, leader.
He and a soldier's mother deal with his vow to look after his boys in war as if they were his own.
His 7th Battalion men were drawn from Melbourne and Central Victoria.
Potent themes of family, duty, loyalty, trauma, betrayal, legacy and grief vividly unfold for the newly declared nation of Australia.