WAR told in song for gallipoli centenary

Quinns Rock resident Ellie Bawden, in red, plays a nurse in Garrick Salutes Gallipoli with Ben Anderson, Tim Sadlier and Colleen Bradford. Picture: Mulder Photography
Quinns Rock resident Ellie Bawden, in red, plays a nurse in Garrick Salutes Gallipoli with Ben Anderson, Tim Sadlier and Colleen Bradford. Picture: Mulder Photography

Split in two halves, Garrick Salutes Gallipoli features old-time music hall entertainment and the melodrama Shirls’s War written by Bernard Doyle.

Arranged, compiled and directed by Kerry Goode and Susan Vincent, the music hall features World War I songs such as Keep The Home Fires Burning, There’s A Long Long Trail A Winding and There’s Something About A Soldier.

Bawden plays a variety of roles including nurse Estella Harrington.

‘There isn’t one story but multiple stories about World War I throughout the show, mostly told through song,’ she said.

‘After performing with Susan Vincent and Kerry Goode in Cranford, they approached me to be in Garrick Salutes Gallipoli.

‘I couldn’t turn something like this down and I also have a huge passion for history, which is something this production has lots of.’

Goode said the show incorporated what was happening in Australia at the time.

‘There was the excitement of an adventure for our young lads going overseas and doing their bit for king and country,’ she said.

‘They said goodbye to their wives, mothers, daughters and sweethearts, not really knowing what lay ahead of them.

‘We then switch to the streets of London where music hall was very popular.’