The Ancient History Of Colin On The Wire...
You're lying in your shell scrape, the trees are thick around,
Years after the Vietnam war some Australian veterans are still dealing with the effects of their experiences so long ago. Just after Gibbo's burial Colin receives a visit from Zac, (self-described 'poet larrikin' of the war) who has come to deliver a message just as Colin's son Alan is about to become engaged.
For those who have fought for it, life has a quality the sheltered can never know...
(Inscription on the Vietnam War Memorial, Muswellbrook, NSW.)
Colin, a Vietnam war veteran.
Mandy, Colin's wife.
Alan, Colin's son.
Alexandra, Alan's fiancee.
Zac, another Vietnam war veteran.
Gibbo, another Vietnam war veteran.
Lahn, a Vietnamese woman.
Ninety minutes (one interval).
Staged in Wollongong RSL Club (and encore season) and Bulli Woonona RSL Club in NSW, Australia in July 2004.
Cast: Ben Verdon, Sandra Druce, Stuart McCrae, Josipa Draisma, Blair Tumeth, Nicole Archer and Chris O'Neill.
Designed by David Thomas
Produced by Micheal Godbee.
Assistant Directors: Zoe Steen and Nguyen Dinh Thi.
Directed by Ian McGrath.
Set for "The Unsheltered," designed by David Thomas of Thomas Creative. Photo: David Thomas.
Set for "The Unsheltered," designed by David Thomas of Thomas Creative. Photo: Sarah Moss.
Sandra Druce, Chris O'Neill and Blair Tumeth. Photo: Sarah Moss.
Entire cast. Photo: Sarah Moss.
Nicole Archer and Ben Verdun
Blair Tumeth and Josipa Draisma. Photo: Sarah Moss.
Nicole Archer and Josipa Draisma. Photo: Sarah Moss.
Josipa Draisma and Stuart McCrae. (Chris O'Neill obscured.) Photo: Sarah Moss.