17 – 24 October 2015 Dead Men’s Wars by Ralph McCubbin Howell

Canberra Youth Theatre (Aus) and Long Cloud Youth Theatre (NZ) present

Dead Men’s Wars is a vital, new theatre work that explores the place of young people within the ANZAC legacy in both Australia and New Zealand, and the evolution of our relationship over the past century. It is a fast-moving, contemporary perspective of the ANZAC traditions, for this generation – controversially challenging ANZAC mythology and interrogating gender inequities, through a multi-dimensional manipulation of time, space and memory. This brand new work will provoke audiences to redefine the relevance of the ANZAC spirit for the next century, as we re-connect the NZ voice to Australia’s ANZAC narrative.

Dead Men’s Wars conveys the voice of young, emerging Canberra and Wellington artists. Directed by Brett Adam, the piece has been developed over 2014/2015 with artists from both companies and 2014 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award winner Ralph McCubbin Howell. We are extremely proud of this new work and its importance to the Anzac Centenary celebrations in both Australia and New Zealand.Dead Men’s Wars premiered in Canberra before travelling to Wellington for a second season at BATS Theatre running from 21 – 24 October with a New Zealand ensemble cast.

Dead Men’s Wars was commissioned by Canberra Youth Theatre with the support of Australia Council, artsACT, ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, The Street Theatre and Rock Development, along with Long Cloud Youth Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand with the support of BATS Theatre through STAB 2015 and WW100 funded by Creative New Zealand.


Lori Bella Guarerra
Charlie Nathalie Morris
Kip Richard Cotta
Owen Liam Kelly
Helen Lydia Buckley
Darren Andrew Eddey

Errenn Ball
Theo Boggs
Layla Rai Cambourne
Brenton Cleaves
Patrick Galen-Mules
Charlotte Palmer
Zoe Swan
Harrison Terrill
Peta Treble
Mia Tuco
Anneka van der Velde

Creative Team

Director Brett Adam (LCYT Artistic Director)
Assistant Director Lily della Porta

Dramaturg Karla Conway
Producer / AV Operator Johnboy Davidson
Costume and Set Designer Christiane Nowak
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Sound Designer Coleman Grehan
Stage Manager Alexandra Pilicic
Lighting Operator Michael Foley

Director of Creative Developments Stella Reid
Show Pony Producer (NZ) Adrianne Roberts



Thursday – Saturday 12:30pm & 7:30pm


The Street Theatre
15 Childers Street, Canberra


ADULT $35.00
CHILD UNDER 18 $27.00
GROUP 4+ $28.00


15 minutes , no interval