The Civic Theatre kicks off Season 2016 on Saturday 13 February at 8pm with Dust of Uruzgan, an entertaining and enlightening live music performance that offers a glimpse of Afghanistan beyond the headlines.
The show will be staged outdoors on the grounds of historic Fort Scratchley. During the interval the skies will light up as part of the Light up Newcastle fireworks on the harbour.
Songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith did two stints in Uruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan, in 2010 and 2013. He released a collection of songs written from that experience as the album Dust of Uruzgan which received rave reviews and coverage by national radio, television and print media.
Smith also began touring a Dust of Uruzgan stage show based on his album which combines songs, humour and commentary with a stunning set of projected photographs by military and civilian photographers. Smith was actually there and the stories he tells are of real people and events.
With our soldiers finally home from southern Afghanistan, the Dust of Uruzgan show is a unique and important opportunity for an Australian public hungry to know what it was all about. The show will include snippets of footage of Uruzgan leaders explaining the impact Australians had on the province.
“I think it’s important to give the Australian public an accurate account of what it was like for the 20,000 or so Australian soldiers and civilians who served in Afghanistan,” said Smith.
“There’s a lazy post-Vietnam era type scepticism out there about our involvement in Afghanistan, but we made a positive difference in Uruzgan province in the time we were there and I want the Australian public to know that.”
Poignant, educational and at times humorous, Dust of Uruzgan is a truly unforgettable night out.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Civic Theatre’s Website.