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The Star: April 20, 2017

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30 Thursday April 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Theatre/Arts CASH FOR STAMPS We Buy and Sell “Old Stamps and Collectables” Call us on 0800 EXCHANGE ( 392 426 ) Or, visit our store next to Riccarton Mall. 134a Riccarton Road. Two doors down from the House of Travel. For large collections or, if you can’t travel we can come to you. Magazine & TV | style noun elegance and sophistication. synonyms: flair, grace, poise, polish, suaveness, urbanity, chic, finesse, taste, class, comfort, luxury, affluence, wealth, opulence, lavishness. Playwright explores young Kiwis’ • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding HIGH SCHOOL students immersed in the performing arts will examine one of New Zealand’s most significant battles with an award-winning playwright. With Anzac Day around the corner, playwright Dave Armstrong will host a one-off workshop Dave Armstrong with about 15 students from across the city studying a play focusing on the Gallipoli campaign. Students involved in The Court Theatre’s youth programmes will study Armstrong’s play Anzac Eve with the playwright. It delves into young New Zealanders’ views on the Gallipoli commemorations. As well as a playwright, Armstrong is a screenwriter, trumpet player and columnist who has had work feature on stage, radio and television. Anzac Eve is a modern-day comedy telling the story of four opinionated young adults who meet the night before the dawn commemorations at Gallipoli. As well as focusing on the historic material in the show, students will study key techniques behind acting. “We will also have a chance to talk about acting and how our actors perform a role and digest all this information and turn it into a play,” Armstrong said. He said he wrote the play because he felt the country needed to look at Anzac Day through different viewpoints and was interested to know what it meant to younger people. “When I was growing up in the 1970s, I didn’t want to know about it basically. There was the Vietnam War on. The people I knew were very anti- STORYTELLING: A story about commemorating the Gallipoli campaign is told through young eyes in playwright Dave Armstrong’s tale Anzac Eve. military and I had little interest in Anzac Day,” he said. But with both of his grandfathers taking part in World War 1 and Armstrong joining a military band, he said he soon became interested. His maternal grandfather, Albert Turner, was wounded during the Battle of the Somme, while his paternal grandfather, John Armstrong, was wounded in the leg. A Trip Down Memory Lane with the New Zealand Army Band On the 30th of April at 4:00pm the world famous New Zealand Army Band is going to perform at “The Piano”, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch. This is the first time that the band has performed a concert in Christchurch since the successful 50th celebration concert in 2014. New Zealand Army Band Bandmaster Warrant Officer Class Two Phillip Johnston is thrilled to be able to showcase the band’s talents locally in Christchurch’s latest performing arts venue “The Piano”. Warrant Officer Johnston said “the venue is ideally suited for a traditional brass band concert and it will be a great afternoon of music making”. The NZArmy Band’s program will be a trip down memory lane as the programme features classic brass band repertoire such as Eric Ball’s Resurgam and Kingdom Triumphant. The band has six current New Zealand solo champions and will feature three of them during the concert. Private Kyle Lawson will perform Oasis, Lance Corporal Joe Thomas will perform Shenandoah and Sergeant Kevin Hickman will perform Ave Maria. As is appropriate with the concert being so close to ANZAC day, the band will also feature Fernleaf Headstones and Passchendaele. Both of these pieces were written for the band by past member, world renowned composer Dwayne Bloomfield. Fernleaf Headstones was written for the repatriation of the Unknown Warrior and Passchendaele depicts the tragic events of the Third Battle of Ypres, which to this day is still the most deadly day in New Zealand’s wartime history. The programme is rounded off with a couple of classic hymns and of course it would not be an NZ Army Band concert without a march or two. Director of Music of the New Zealand Army Band Major Graham Hickman is excited to have the band performing such a traditional programme in their home town. “The band is in a really strong position at the moment with so many fine players, including seven current members of the 2017 National Youth Band and 14 current or past National Band members within the ranks”. Tickets for this concert are available from www. Door sales will also be on sale subject to availability. ADULTS $20 CHILDREN $10 (under 18) FAMILY $50 (2 adults and up to 4 children) Sgt K J Hickman NZAB Comms Cell IC P: 03 363 0202 M: 022 0356788 E: The New Zealand Army Band Presents RESURGAM “I Shall Rise Again” The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch 4pm 30th April 2017 $20 Adults. $10 Senior Citizens and under 16. $50 Family Book through Eventfinda. Door sales available

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 20 2017 31 connection to Anzacs “It was a massive thing on both sides of the family . . . one grandfather limped for the rest of his life and died quite young. The other had a chest wound and coughed every winter,” he said. Armstrong said Anzac Eve looks at why the country chooses to commemorate the war and what young New Zealanders were doing there in the first place. “I think it is time to start saying what the hell were we doing there, why were we there, why did such terrible defeats occur, how did we lose so many and are we in danger of this happening again?” More than 2700 New Zealanders died in the Gallipoli campaign. Armstrong said he feels some facts in war history have been “glossed over,” including how many French died in Gallipoli and how Maori soldiers were treated. •A professional performance of Anzac Eve takes place today at 8pm at the Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal. To book tickets, visit http:// shows/anzac-eve ON STAGE: Actress Trae Te Wiki as Lizzie in Dave Armstrong’s play Anzac Eve. UNDER THE LIGHTS: Actress Ruby Hansen as Maia in Anzac Eve. call us noW CASPA After School & Holiday Programme Your friendly childcare solution Creative After School Programmed Activities P: 349 9260 or 027 352 1638 E: W: • We provide a safe, creative environment for 5-13 year olds • Our staff are trained • A range of fun activities • 7.15-8.30am and 3-6pm Mon-Fri • 8am-6pm Holidays • Kids just LOVE it! Incorporating Subsidies Apply Riccarton Players Playbox Theatre THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON 22-30 APRIL A fun compilation of stories, poems and songs Written and directed by Rachael Chamberlain. Hagley Open Stage Theatre. Shows at 11am, 2pm & 4pm Saturdays & Sundays 22nd/23rd, 29th/30th April. Tickets $10. BOOK: PH 338 4699 / RICCARTONPLAYERS.CO.NZ Exclusive offer for The Star readers! 18th June, Isaac Theatre Royal “Laugh out loud comedy … with tugs on the heartstrings” - Cap Times Buy tickets to either of these fabulous shows throughout April and receive a whopping 33% off your purchase! Simply enter the promo code: THESTAR at point of sale. Valid until and including 30th April 2017. “Soaring with the exuberance of the greatest stage musicals and enriched with the magnificence of a full orchestra” 29th & 30th April, Isaac Theatre Royal BOOK YOUR TICKETS AT / 0800 TICKETEK