FLAK

Flak WEB


Presented by:  Ellis Productions

Writer:  Michael Veitch; Director: Helen Ellis; Performer: Michael Veitch:
Lighting Design: Michael Brasser; Set Design: Helen Ellis: Poster Design: Janine Evan: Production Photography: Justin Stephens: Video Editing: David Ellis

Michael Veitch’s life-long obsession with the aircraft of the Second World War led him to conclude that every single person who flew, or flew in them has at least one extraordinary story to tell.  With most of these veterans in their eighties, he knew that it was a matter of urgency to find them now, before their personal stories disappear forever.

So, over the course of a year, Veitch interviewed over 50 former aircrew across Australia, many of whom had never spoken about their experiences before, even to their families.  The result is Flak – a collection of vivid, unforgettable stories from RAAF veterans about their experiences of combat in World War II.  It is also an account of the strange, sometimes obsessive journey of the author himself, as he explores a passion held since childhood.

From bomber pilots to fighter aces, from rear gunners to bomb aimers, from stories of death and fear to tales of humour and comradeship, Michael has helped unearth the extraordinary stories of ordinary men living and fighting in extraordinary times.

‘There are few storytellers in Australia like Michael Veitch.  He puts humanity and wry observation into the terrible arithmetic of air warfare.  His personal mission to honour the memory and the memories of the last of a generation who bear a remarkable witness is a special kind of theatrical experience.’  Dr Mark Williams, Adjunct Professor, School of Art, RMIT University

‘Flak has received outstanding reviews from around the country, and this one-man tribute to the Second World War airmen is a play not to be missed.’  Rhonda Hardy, CEO Kalamunda Shire

Running time:  65 minutes with no interval
Audience advice:  Alcohol and drug references.  Recommended for ages 15+

 28 April – 2 May 2015
Tuesday 28 April, 8.00pm
Wednesday 29 April, 2.00pm
Thursday 30 April, 2.00pm
Friday 1 May, 8.00pm
Saturday 2 May, 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Subscribers
$34.00 – Full price
$29.00 – Concession
Non-subscribers

$44.00 – Full price
$39.00 – Concession
$36.00 – Groups 8+
Early Bird

$39.00 – Full price
$34.00 – Concession
$31.00 – Groups 8+
 ALL MATINEES – $36.00

 

Last day for Early Bird Tickets: 31 March 2015


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