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Calling All Writers!

We want to see Wanganui stories on Repertory’s stage!

Centennial commemorations of the 1914-18 World War will begin in Wanganui in 2014.

At Repertory Theatre we’ve been talking about linking with the 2015 Literary Festival to present drama written by our own Wanganui playwrights (either established or budding), reflecting the impact World War 1 had on Wanganui people.

There are so many possible topics which spring to mind:

*Local aspects such as welfare organisations, the Home Front, church involvement, the doctors and nurses and those who ran convalescent hospitals

*The aftermath of the war saw difficulties arising, such as those experienced by returning soldiers and their families adjusting to the changed dynamics of family life. Some were involved with the farm re-settlement schemes, and some had to deal with prolonged ill-health

*There were changing attitudes to the war, anti-German feelings, conscientious objectors. Conscription was introduced.

*1918 saw the outbreak of an influenza epidemic.

*Peace was celebrated in 1919.

These are just some ideas which could trigger reflections on a theme. The Alexander Library, the Museum archives and the Davis Library hold lots of material for research purposes.

Plays can be full-length or one-act, or a series of related vignettes.

PLEASE NOTE: Scripts will need to reach Repertory Theatre by the end of February, 2015, and if selected will be workshopped, cast, costumed and rehearsed in time for the Literary Festival later that year.

To request information and guidelines and even some inspiration, email April Pearson at aprilp@clear.net.nz and this can be sent to you either by post or by email.