The One Day of the Year

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Riverside Presents Christine Harris & HIT Productions

The One Day of the Year

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 24 March - 28 March 2015


By Alan Seymour

It’s Anzac Day this week, that’s my day, that’s the old Diggers’ day.

On the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, HIT Productions brings a thoroughly fresh take on this truly Australian classic.

Is Anzac Day the chance to commemorate history, celebrate heroism and conjure national pride – or does it fly the flag for a different reality – one that brings the dignity of our Diggers to its knees and into the gutter – via one too many down the pub? Alan Seymour’s landmark Australian play returns to the stage to incite as much passion as ever.

Sparking huge controversy on its release in the 1960s, the play’s first ever production had a policeman stationed at the stage door to ward off the angry public. Death threats were issued to the author. The One Day of the Year looks at our national legend through the eyes of generation, class and character.

Contains strong language and adult themes. Recommended 15+

Dates & Times:
Tuesday 24 March 7:30pm
Wednesday 25 March 11am & 7:30pm
Thursday 26 March 11am
Friday 27 March 7:30pm
Saturday 28 March 2:15pm & 7:30pm

To receive a season package, simply complete the booking form on page 39 of our 2015 Season Brochure, or click here to download and print a copy. To request a 2015 Season Brochure please call Box Office on 8839 3399 or email For school bookings- Please see the Schools tab.

Use hashtags #riversideparra #oneday15 #AnzacCentenary
Use hashtags #riversideparra #oneday15 #AnzacCentenary
Use hashtags #riversideparra #oneday15 #AnzacCentenary

HITProductions  CreativeVictoria

Denis Moore

Peter Hardy as Alf
Christine Keogh as Dot
Don Bridges as Wacka
Luke Clayson as Hughie
Olivia Solomons as Jan


ALF – Peter Hardy
Peter has held an Equity card since 1979. In that time he has worked in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry. His highlights and favourites in a colourful career include Mamma Mia! The Boy From Oz, McLeod’s Daughters, Chopper, Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love & A Lie of the Mind, Oedipus, The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Orpheus Descending, the comedy cabaret duo Divine DecadenceThe Classic Sweat Pose Revue; the dance-funk outfit The Fat, and performing the one-man play Chasing Rabbits in Melbourne, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Dublin & New York.

DOT – Christine Keogh
Chris has been seen on television in Round the Twist, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies, Comedy Company, Real Stories, Carla Cametti PD, Woodley and most recently Underbelly – Fat Tony. On stage she has appeared in Mum’s the Word, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Caught at La Mama and Daily Grind for Melbourne Workers Theatre. For three years she co- presented The Sunday Show for ABC Radio. Her speciality is improvising, and with Troupe du Jour she hosts conferences and produces Random Musical and Spontaneous Broadway. This is her first tour with HIT Productions.

WACKA – Don Bridges
An Actor’s Equity member since 1973, Don’s theatre work includes productions with Playbox, HIT Productions (Cosi), Nimrod, La Mama, Australian Shakespeare Co, Essential Theatre, Unicorn (London), Columbia University (New York), Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, and over twenty-five productions for Melbourne Theatre Company. Don plays Cohen the Barbarian in Terry Pratchett’s Troll Bridge, and his other film work includes Romper Stomper, Evil Angels, Quigley Down Under, Malcolm, Road to Nhill, Charlotte’s Web, and over a hundred short films. Regular roles on TV include Blue Heelers, Man from Snowy River, Neighbours, Sullivans, Stingers, and Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. Don is also a musician, playing guitar, mandolin and bodhran (Irish drum).

HUGHIE – Luke Clayson
Luke graduated as an actor from ACArts in 2005 during which he performed in Puberty BluesThe Trial and Hamlet. He has since worked on The Ham Funeral, Holding the Man, Maestro, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Real Thing with State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Wizard of Oz with Windmill Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company. For television Luke has appeared in The Broken Shore, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and the upcoming Changed Forever. As a writer, he has been commissioned to write two feature screenplays and is currently developing several films of his own.

JAN – Olivia Solomons
Olivia is a graduate of the full time course of the 16th Street Actors Studio in Melbourne and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film, Theatre and Performance at UNSW. Her most recent works include her role as the Sister of Mercy in Paul Cox’s Australian feature film Force of Destiny, her role as Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine and her physical theatre performance as Elizabeth van Rysselberghe in Inside the Masterpiece for 16th Street Actors Studio.  She has performed with Tweatre in Sydney and Adelaide, an improvisation theatre group that mixes improvisation and twitter and holds credits in TV, web series and voiceovers.


school TICKETS:

$20 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form 

ADD ON: Behind the Scenes: a unique on-site learning experience will be offered to drama and entertainment students. Students are given the opportunity to learn about the considerable differences between producing in-situ and touring productions, highlighting the skills required for working on the road. Students will gain a tangible insight into touring a play, from travel to pre-rig and bump-in, right through to performance and bump-out. This will be held in the performance space in the midst of the crew activity. This will be held on Tuesday 24 March and will be free of charge. Register your interest for this workshop on your booking form.


This classic Australian play isn’t performed very often, and so this, amidst all of the anniversary commemorations of World War I, is the perfect opportunity for you to show your students that Australian plays of the 1950’s don’t start and end with ‘The Doll’. This play’s controversial past gives us as much insight into Australian history as Anzac Day itself. Originally banned, it presents a different side to commemorating war that should promote some great discussions in your classrooms. Drama students will benefit by gaining knowledge of Australian Theatre History, English students from the Australian language and content in this text, and History students from looking at differing perspectives of historical events or ritual commemorations.


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

The One Day of the Year Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.


The One Day of the Year Curriculum Links

One Day of the Year Teacher’s Notes


Since The One Day of the Year was first performed in 1962 ANZAC’s haunting of the Australian imagination has only increased.

The figures in Frank Hurley’s famous photograph Soldier’s Walking to the Front – the backdrop of our set – both haunt and witness the domestic drama unfolding before them. Excerpts from Benjamin Brittan’s War Requiem become their voice.

In this production of the play realist period detail of the 1950s and 60s is subdued in favour of a classical timelessness as in many ways the Great War is still with us in today’s Middle East where the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the consequent disputes about there-drawing of borders is still being savagely played out. Perhaps future historians will see the period 1914-2015 as a 100 years war – sometimes hot, sometimes cold – but always ongoing.


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Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes – Including interval (Plus Q&A for Thursday 11am performance)

Ticket Prices

Season Package Adult $43
Season Package Concession $38
Season Package 30 & Under $29
Sidekicks Adult $43
Sidekicks Concession $38
Sidekicks 30 & Under $29
Season Guest Adult $44
Season Guest Concession $39
Single Tickets Adult $49
Single Tickets Concession $44
Single Tickets 30 & Under $35
School Students $20
Groups 10+ $42
Student/Teacher $20

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
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Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00