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The One Day of the Year - Alan Seymour

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Published: 1st May 1982
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Undoubtedly one of Australia's favourite plays, the One Day of the Year explores the universal theme of father-son conflict against the background of the beery haze and the heady, nostalgic sentimentality of Anzac Day. It is a play to make us question a standard institution - Anzac Day, the sacred cow among Australian annual celebrations - but it is the likeability and genuineness of the characters that give the play its memorable qualities: Alf, the nobody who becomes a somebody on this day of days; Mum, the anchor of the family; Hughie, their son, with all the uncertainties and rebelliousness of youth; and Wacka, the Anzac, with his simple, healing wisdom.

Undoubtedly one of Australia's favourite plays, the One Day of the Year explores the universal theme of father-son conflict against the background of the beery haze and the heady, nostalgic sentimentality of Anzac Day. It is a play to make us question a standard institution - Anzac Day, the sacred cow among Australian annual celebrations - but it is the likeability and genuineness of the characters that give the play its memorable qualities: Alf, the nobody who becomes a somebody on this day of days; Mum, the anchor of the family; Hughie, their son, with all the uncertainties and rebelliousness of youth; and Wacka, the Anzac, with his simple, healing wisdom.

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Alan Seymoure's play pits older, working class father against younger university student son in a clash of values and beliefs about the meaning of Anzac Day, Australia's annual commemoration of its engagement in various (other people's) wars. Both characters have something to learn from each other. The play is both moving and powerful even sixty years after it was written. I used this play recently in a book group I run and everybody found it impressive and moving.

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ISBN: 9780207133305
ISBN-10: 0207133301
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 107
Published: 1st May 1982
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.3  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.12