Long Tan

A meditation on our common humanity.

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By Verity Laughton

Presented by Brink Productions in association with Adelaide Festival Centre and State Theatre Company

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Drama, English, History
SACE: Creative Arts, Drama, Community Studies, Media Studies, Research Project, Visual Arts


In August, 1966, 108 Australian soldiers of D Company 6RAR clashed with 2,500 North Vietnamese troops.

This is their story. Long Tan is a deeply immersive audio-theatre production that parachutes you into the soldiers’ experience – gunfire, mortar fire, pounding rain – orchestrated with sonic intensity. Adelaide’s acclaimed Brink Productions (When the Rain Stops Falling) creates this theatrical event by award-winning playwright Verity Laughton.

Composed from interviews with surviving Australian soldiers, and their families, as well as Vietnamese contributors, Long Tan is a meditation on our common humanity.

Warning: this play contains strong language, depiction of violence, strobe lighting, haze effects and gunfire.

Performance: 11am 6 April (Week 10) | Space Theatre
Includes a 20 minute post-show Q&A with the director
$20 / Equity $17 | Yr 10–12

Director Chris Drummond
Composer and Sound Designer Luke Smiles
Designer Wendy Todd
Lighting Chris Petridis 
AV Exhibition Malcolm McKinnon

Cast includes David Andri, Stuart Fong, Patrick Graham, Antoine Jelk, Patrick Klavins, Nic Krieg, Guy O’Grady, Chris Pitman, Mémé Thorne and Taylor Weise 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts Catalyst –Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Image: James Hartley

Click here for the school booking form.

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