Performed by 35 Australian actors and 10 musicians, 3 Weeks in Spring depicts the opening days of the Gallipoli campaign in April 1915.
The musical explores the themes of mateship, courage and sacrifice, unlikely heroes, love and loss, following the soldiers – and the loved ones they left behind.
Narrated by C.E.W. Bean, the journalist and historian who did more than anyone to create the Anzac legend, the musical is centred on the story of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, better known as ‘Simpson and his donkey”; from the time he arrived in Turkey to the time he died. Simpson became famous as a stretcher-bearer, as he braved “the hottest shrapnel” and used a donkey to transport wounded men from Shrapnel Gully to Anzac Cove.
Directed by Linda Aubrecht (Disney on Ice, We Will Rock You), the cast includes Lincoln Elliot (Ned, Funny Girl, Carrie: The Musical), Lachlan O’Brien (Chicago, Good Omens), Matthew Herne (The Voice, Phantom of the Opera), Courtney Powell (Australian Idol, Central Park – The Musical) and Isabel Young (The Sound of Music).
3 Weeks in Spring was presented at the State Theatre, Sydney, for a limited-season tryout in August last year and captured on video.You can view it, free, here from 12:00am, Saturday April 25 to 11:59pm, Sunday April 26.