The Last Man Standing
Melbourne Theatre Company presents
The Last Man Standing

6 Nov 2015 to 9 Dec 2015

In this centennial year of Gallipoli comes a glorious and moving comedy with song, from Steve Vizard and Paul Grabowsky, which cuts into the ANZAC legend and finds its stillbeating larrikin heart.

Colonel Raymond Hope, hero of the Afghanistan campaign, is appointed by the government to take charge of the live television event of the year – the Gallipoli Centennial Concert. But arriving at rehearsals to find an all-singing, all-dancing (with a bit of juggling) fiasco, Australia’s most decorated soldier comes close to running up the white flag. Until he hears that, amazingly, the last remaining Gallipoli digger is still alive. Perhaps this great Australian can lend weight and dignity to the occasion? But Clarry Flint, a crafty and lovable codger, didn’t get to be The Last Man Standing without knowing when he’s landed on a good thing.

Challenging our sacred cows is an Australian institution, as time honoured and cherished as the digger myth itself. Directed by former MTC Artistic Director Roger Hodgman, this incisive, hilarious and powerfully evocative evening of story and song, cuts to quick and no one gets off scot-free. Not the politicians hoping to score points, not the ratings-hungry media, and especially not those who try to mask the true brutality of war.




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