• Long Way Home conveys the trauma of war

    Date: 2019.04.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Tags:

    The Long Way Home was received with an emotional standing ovation when the collaborative Sydney Theatre Company and Australian Defence Force production opened in Sydney on Saturday night.

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    The play features real soldiers alongside professional actors and is based on the personal experiences of men and women who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.

    It takes place on a stark set dominated by the silent, ghostly figures of the soldiers which haunt one ex-serviceman’s waking hours. Interspersed with the action on stage, large close-ups of the performers’ faces appear on screen as they tell their real-life stories.

    The Long Way Home is about damaged lives, post-traumatic stress and people broken in body and soul. It vividly depicts what war does to those on the frontline as well the shattering impact on their partners who struggle to pick up the pieces when their loved ones return home.

    But the play also conveys the mateship between soldiers and the humour that keeps diggers going, including moments of blackly comic relief that frequently target military culture and hierarchy.

    One of the central characters is played by Gary Wilson, who in real life suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was involved in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kandahar in 2010 in which three Australian commandos and a US crewman died.

    Notable performances are also delivered by Corporals Tim Loch (Tom) and Craig Hancock (Nick), both of whom survived IED explosions in Afghanistan.

    You get the sense that apart from delivering lines, these men and women aren’t acting – this is the real deal. And that’s perhaps what gives the play such raw, wrenching power and makes it speak so directly to the audience.

    Not surprisingly, there were tears on both sides of the stage when the opening night crowd, including senior figures from the military and politics as well as artistic director Andrew Upton, rose to their feet at the end.

    As Australia marks 100 years since its involvement in World War I this year, The Long Way Home is a timely reminder of the price paid by those who have served in war.

    * The Long Way Home will show in Sydney until February 15 before travelling to Darwin, Brisbane, Wollongong, Townsville, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.