ANZAC Eve is the latest play from prominent New Zealand playwright Dave Armstrong.

It is a highly entertaining play and takes an honest and unflinching look at the Anzac experience.

This fresh and contemporary take on a significant time in our nation's history is a must-see for every New Zealander.

Two Kiwi guys meet two Aussie girls ... the rest is history.


Anzac Eve is a play about a disparate group of 20-somethings on their big OE, who happen upon each other the night before the dawn commemorations at Gallipoli.

National pride and personal issues stir up strong feelings as tempers flare, romance sparks and ghosts are uncovered. Each seeing historical events through their own lens.

Are they really there to solemnly commemorate the occasion? Or are they there for a boozy party and possible hook-up?

"I have observed the incredible interest that New Zealanders have in the commemoration of World War I," says Dave, who also worked on Te Papa's blockbuster Gallipoli exhibition and the Gallipoli section of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage's Nga Tapuwae app.

"But at the same time, I wonder if we too easily buy into convenient myths about Gallipoli and the Anzac spirit. Anzac Eve, as well as being a drama about four young people looking for a good time, attempts to encourage its audience to separate myth from reality."

Armstrong's previous works include Niu Sila, King and Country, The Motor Camp, and Le Sud. The plays is directed by Jamie McCaskill, who won the 2013 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award, and whose writing includes Manawa and Not in Our Neighbourhood.

the fine print
What: Anzac Eve
Where: Baycourt, X Space
When: Monday and Tuesday, 10 and 11, 7pm.