Popular stand-up and character comedian, Damian Callinan, examines the horrors of war through the lens of a larrikin in his latest show to come to Sandgate.
Created to coincide with the World War One centenary, The Lost WWI Diary has been wowing audiences across the country for the last three years, and now you can see it at Sandgate Town Hall on September 13 thanks to Elysium Theatre.
Callinan is a multi-award-winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. He is best known for his TV roles on Skithouse and Before the Game as well as regular appearances on shows such as Spicks and Specks and the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala.
Obsessed from a young age by the Anzac legend and intrigued by the mystery surrounding the identity of two diggers from a family photo, Callinan sets out on a quest to put names to the faces. Whilst holidaying in Warrnambool, the discovery of a war diary in an op shop may finally hold the answers. Callinan brings to life the pages of the diary as we meet Paddy Callinan.
He combines detailed research, hilarious but believable characterisations, black humour and clever writing to bring the story together on stage.
Elysium Theatre director Sharyn Henry says the theatre company loves to champion small-scale touring productions and she encourages others to come along for an evening of warmth and humour.
“ They can expect their hearts to break and their bellies to ache from laughter,’’ Sharyn says. “He’s a funny guy, and I think we can all do with a good laugh.’’
n For tickets visit elysiumtheatre.com. Tickets are $39 adults and $35 concession (students and pensioners). For more information contact Sharyn on 0431 296 198.
The Lost WWI Diary
Wednesday, September 13, 8pm
Sandgate Town Hall