Given my track record of writing about events after they’ve closed, I probably won’t write about this until after it’s finished. So, in case you haven’t heard about it and you might wish that you had, I’m going to see ‘1916’ at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute tomorrow tonight
October 25–November 5
Anti-Conscription Brunswick Chapter
1916 is about the first No Case for conscription that took place in 1916. The play is set three months prior to the vote, in Brunswick, starring two characters who are feminists and peace movement activists Adele Pankhurst and Vida Goldstein. 1916 will include the rollicking music of the era.
Written by | Neil Cole
Produced by| Brunswick-Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Campaign
Directed by | Natasha Broadstock
Starring | Harlene Hercules and Marissa Bennett
Tues – Sat 8pm | Sun 2pm
I love the history of mechanics institutes and of the women’s movement in Australia. But the anti-conscription movement was an important component of WW1 history that tends to get left out. Had I been alive then, I would have definitely joined in!