As Told By The Boys Who Fed Me Apples
Nov 13, 2018
Rosemary Johns
As Told By The Boys Who Fed Me Apples

Sandy was the only Australian War Horse to return home from World War I. This is his poignant and fragmented war story. Through Sandy we experience the lives of three men who fought in the war.

Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges is mortally wounded at Gallipoli, and Sandy is his charger. A veterinary officer is caught with Sandy behind the lines on the Western Front in a gas shell barrage. A ‘permanently unfit’ soldier becomes a groom and brings Sandy home. Each is affected by their symbiotic relationship with the horse.

Sandy is the horse full of wattle who drank the waters of the Murray in bucketloads, and who danced with bogong moths.

He is our connection to all those left behind’.

Rosemary Johns' work has been presented in Cape Town, Stockholm and Mumbai, and her plays have been produced in New Zealand, Athens and Germany. Her political thriller Black Box 149 was part of DFAT’s Australia now Germany program 2017. It was the first time the Staatstheater Nürnberg has ever produced a play by any Australian playwright. As Told by the Boys Who Fed Me Apples (selected for the VCE Drama Playlist) was nominated for an AWGIE .

(Note: This presentation will take place just two days after Remembrance Day).

Chair:  Chris Hanson

Photo Credit: australianplays.org