Hamilton and Auckland Seasons : August - 10 September 2016
"Sister Anzac is an exceptional piece of work that provides an understated, human look at one of history’s greatest tragedies"
"Much of the credit must go to the cast. Pound for pound, this ensemble is excellent... The direction by Amanda Rees is perfectly pitched... Sister Anzac could have felt relentlessly bleak — and potentially monotonous — yet the show is packed with moments of warmth and comedy which enrich the experience." - Tim George, Theatre Scenes 2016
"leaves the theatre in the most profound silence, with the audience not seeming to want to believe that this is really the end. Such a silence is a rare thing in live theatre, and I think our silence is a testament to the power of the play and its very able performers" - Leigh Sykes, Theatreview 2016
Sister Anzac premiered in 2014 to an enraptured audience and to critical acclaim at the Devonport Navy Museum. We are proud to be bringing the show to Hamilton and Auckland Theatres with the support of Creative NZ and Auckland Council. We are delighted also to be able to record personal stories for download from this website as podcasts. If you have a personal family history with WWI then please contact us to have your story recorded. And have a listen to an existing one on our Podcasts page.
"You had us eating out of your hands
Laughing, crying, crying (the mascara!) caring, hurting – wow!"
After sell out seasons of Sister Anzac at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum (2014, 2015) and the Maritime Museum 2015 Sister Anzac played at Te Pou Theatre during the 2015 Going West Books and Writers Festival. It has now performed at the Meteor Theatre, Hamilton and is currently at Q Theatre Loft (until 28 August 2016). After that it will be performed in a unique promenade performance at the Maritime Museum. Limited to 25 people per night. Comments from 2014 and 2015 seasons are below. Reviews for 2016 also linked below.
Sister Anzac is the rare drama that manages to feel like a completely theatrical yet horrifically immersive experience. - Tim George, Theatre Scenes 2016
A unique window on our history opens up with Geoff Allen's Sister ANZAC. It tells the story of the remarkable women who were the NZ nurses at Anzac Cove in WW1. However it also provides dramatic, human and emotionally satisfying characters that become living history. - Johnny Givins, Theatreview 2014