Climb aboard a steam train, and join characters from the New Zealand military on their journey to and from World War 1’s devastating Battle of Passchendaele.
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017
Te Papa presents two weekend performances of this specially commissioned play to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. A vintage steam train, hauled by World War 1 memorial locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, leaves Wellington Railway Station for a 40 minute journey to Trentham, then returns after a short break.
On board are four First World War characters: three soldiers and a nurse, all in uniform. The journey out is full of fun and hope, capturing the optimism that accompanied the early part of war. The return journey is more poignant, as the once-hopeful characters reflect on New Zealand’s biggest military disaster.
Created by Wellington playwright and Dominion Post columnist Dave Armstrong, Passchendaele Journey includes music, letters, and diary excerpts from the time.
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