The Unknown Soldier – 2015

The Unknown Soldier

Charlie’s dad has returned from Afghanistan scarred by his experience of war. To give his parents ‘a break’, Charlie is sent to stay with his Aunt Angela. Aunt and nephew clash: he thinks she’s a hoarder and a hippie, she thinks her nephew plays too many video games. But a hidden treasure amidst Angela’s junk takes these two unlikely allies on a life-changing journey.

This is a very special Australian story: uplifting, full of hope, and deeply relevant to contemporary Australian audiences, The Unknown Soldier explores how we carry our family’s stories from our past into our present. Moving seamlessly between Australia in 2014 and Fromelles on The Western Front in 1916, this is a beautiful new play from Sandra Eldridge – Monkey Creative Director, and master storyteller for young people.

The June 2016 season of The Unknown Soldier was a special event sponsored by RSL Clubs so that students and teachers could attend for free. The Unknown Soldier was funded under the Commonwealth Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Thank you to our generous supporters:

RSL Sub-Branches
North Bondi RSL sub-branch
Chatswood RSL sub-branch
Engadine RSL sub-branch

RSL Clubs
North Bondi RSL Club Ltd
Chatswood RSL Club Ltd
Veteran-Owned Business
Learning & Development Solutions – Director Brad Copelin

The Commonwealth has not participated in the research, production or exercised editorial control over The Unknown Soldier or its contents. The views expressed and conclusions reached herein do not necessarily represent those of the Commonwealth, which expressly disclaims any responsibility for the content or accuracy of The Unknown Soldier.

The play was mesmerizing, so much time and effort just made it brilliant. The lighting and sound especially just made the atmosphere extraordinary!
Emer (student)

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to watch this wonderful production. The play was a very realistic journey from the past to the present. Sandra was a wonderful casting choice for Grace and Auntie Angela. Felix was also a fantastic casting choice for Charlie and Albert. I am not an emotional person but it brought a tear to my eye. 
Willow (student)

I thought the play was fantastic and I really enjoyed the experience. It was very realistic and well written. The sound and the set were amazing. I can’t wait to see what other performances you have been in.
Kate (student)

I enjoyed all of the play it was very interesting and taught me a lot about the war. Thank you very much for the amazing play. 
Rachel (student)

It’s a moving two-hander, examining dark themes including the horror of war and the devastating impact of PTSD without shying away from their seriousness but handling them with a light touch.
Jo Litson

The Unknown Soldier is a beautifully executed sharing of war and family experiences both past and present. It is a worthwhile anniversary addition to the theatrical canon in this topic area. 
Sydney Arts Guide

This gentle play respectful of the past gently brings -places – our consciousness to the present. Monkey Baa, with The Unknown Soldier, fulfils its brief magnificently for their young audience, the adults of the future.
Kevin Jackson, Theatre Reviewer