Highlights the crucial role played by music and theatre in the lives of Australians from the First World War to Afghanistan.

A touring exhibition by Arts Centre Melbourne

Theatres of War: Wartime Entertainment and the Australian Experience highlights the crucial role played by music and theatre in the lives of Australians from the First World War to Afghanistan. Drawn primarily from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection, the exhibition explores the power of performance in bringing people together, lifting spirits and offering a form of escapism during times of great adversity.

Photographs, scrapbooks, letters, posters and audio-visual material are used to tell stories ranging from concert party performers on the Western Front, female impersonators and opera singers in the jungles of New Guinea, to pop stars taking music from home to Vietnam.

Exhibition Opening, Friday 17 February, 6pm
Free. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. Bookings essential, call 6581 8888 or book online

Meet the Curator. Saturday 18 February, 11am
Margaret Marshall from Arts Centre Melbourne. Bookings essential, call 6581 8888 or book online

Curriculum links:
Drama, Visual Arts, History (Stages 3, Stage 5), Modern History (Stage 6).

Suitable for:
Years 5-6, Years 9-10, Years 11-12.

Free Guided Tours
Guided tours available on Wednesdays throughout exhibition. Times flexible, please enquire education@glasshouse.org.au Bookings essential. FREE.

Theatres of War: Wartime Entertainment and the Australian Experience is a touring exhibition proudly presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

Image credit: Hamish Blake and Andy Lee in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, 2008. Photograph by Captain Al Green. Courtesy of Department of Defence.

Please note the Glasshouse Regional Gallery is closed on Mondays. 

To book your education excursion and to plan your visit to the Glasshouse please click here