What does Anzac Day mean to you and me

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Anzac Day
Powerful: The One Day of the Year will be staged at Casula Powerhouse on March 31 and April 1.

To mark the Anzac centenary year, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will present three performances, Through These Lines, The One Day of the Year and Fred Smith: The Dust of Uruzgan, which shed light on the war experiences of men, women and children, today and in the past.

The performances will be held during March, April and May, alongside the Guarding the Home Front exhibition, which runs between March 20 and May 17.

What is the meaning of Anzac Day? This is the conundrum The One Day of the Year focuses on.

For war veterans like Alf Cook and his friend Wacka Dawson in The One Day of the Year, it’s the chance to commemorate history, celebrate heroism and conjure national pride.

For Alf’s son Hughie, Anzac Day heralds a very different reality, one that brings the dignity of our Diggers to its knees and into the gutter – via one too many down at the local pub.

Sparking huge controversy on its release in the Sixties, this Australian play’s first public performance had a policeman stationed at the stage door to ward off the angry public.

Death threats were issued to the author.

A play that incites as much passion now as ever, The One Day of the Year looks at our national legend through the eyes of different generations, classes and characters.

On the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, HIT Productions brings a thoroughly fresh take on this truly Australian classic.


Tuesday, March 31, 11am and Wednesday, April 1, 8pm, duration
2 hours, cost dults $40, concession $35, school groups $15 (teachers free – minimum 10 students).

Bookings:  Contact 9824 1121 or go to:




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