At the end of this month, the Adelaide Repertory Theatre will bring the Australian premiere of Our Boys to Adelaide, a hilarious and heart-warming play that follows five young soldiers as they recover from the line of duty. The boys are “killing nothing but time” as they recover from injuries, and their daily routine consists of TV watching and comical banter. The ease of this routine is challenged with the arrival of a young officer in their ward, who brings with him accusations of misconduct and betrayal. It is here the action really kicks off; director Dave Simms asserts that the lads learn the true meaning of loyalty. “Through all the wise-cracking one thing becomes clear for our boys,” he says. “You don’t do it for Queen and Country, you do it for your mates.”
The play is written by Jonathan Lewis, and is inspired by his own experiences as an army scholar. Our Boys has won various awards, including The Writer’s Guild Award for Best New Fringe Play. Though it’s certainly a comical play, Our Boys is also a commentary about the Army’s neglect of wounded soldiers, and the strong friendship and camaraderie that allows these heroes to move forward.
Opening night is August 31 at the ARTS Theatre, with Friday the 1st of September being a charity night for Soldier On. This organisation supports Aussie men and women who have been physically or psychologically impacted by their service. For a witty and tender perspective on the experience of our soldiers, make sure you catch Our Boys while it’s in town.
What: Our Boys Australian premiere
Where: ARTS Theatre, 53 Angus Street
When: August 31 – September 2, September 6-9, performances commence 8 pm
Grab your ticket here.
Header image via Norm Caddick.
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