Long Tan brings together a cast of 12 South Australian actors in an immersive audio-theatre production that will parachute audiences into the soldiers’ experience.

Long Tan

By Verity Laughton

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

By Verity Laughton

On a hot, rain-sodden afternoon in 1966, in the glutinous mud of a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, 108 Australian soldiers clashed with approximately 2,500 North Vietnamese troops. In the ensuing battle, 18 Australians were killed and more than 245 North Vietnamese.

Long Tan brings together a cast of 12 South Australian actors in an immersive audio-theatre production that will parachute audiences into the soldiers’ experience – gunfire, mortar fire, pounding rain, insect clouds, screams and sudden silence – all orchestrated with sonic intensity to capture the pandemonium and entrapment under fire.

Adelaide’s acclaimed Brink Productions (When the Rain Stops Falling) will create this theatrical event from a semi-verbatim text by award-winning playwright Verity Laughton. Composed from interviews with the surviving Australian soldiers, Vietnamese contributors and family and friends of those who died, Long Tan isn’t simply a work about a contentious time and iconic battle. Rather, it’s a meditation on the fractures in collective memory, the consequences of extreme demands on human beings in military conflict, and the need for forgiveness, empathy and faith in our common humanity.

WORLD PREMIERE

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, Matthew Gregan, Antoine Jelk, Patrick Klavins, Nic Krieg, Guy O’Grady, Chris Pitman, Mémé Thorne, Elijah Valadian-Wilson and Taylor Wiese

Captioned Performance 7.30pm Wednesday 5th April followed by Q&A

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Dates

31 Mar – 8 Apr 2017

Times

7:30pm: 31 Mar, 1,3-8 Apr

11:00am: 6 Apr

2:00pm: 8 Apr

Duration

1hr 45mins

Venues
Prices

Preview $45.00

Adult $55.00

Concession $49.00

Greenroom $30

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Age Suitability

Suitable for ages 15+

Concession

Pensioner, Senior, Full-time Student with ID, Unemployed

Warning

This play contains strong language, depiction of violence. Strobe lighting,haze effects and gunfire.

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