Now, a century on, his EPIC story comes to the stage - Jacka V.C. Legend of Gallipoli, A New Musical.
Written by William James Smith, with the libretto based on the original novel “Hard Jacka” by Michael Lawriwsky as adapted by William James Smith
A cast of great singers will bring great men of yesteryear back to life.It was staged tonight at an exclusive preview at Northcote Uniting Church (Chalice) at 251 High St on Friday 16 May, 8pm.Starring: William James Smith in role of Jacka, Blake Testro, James Cutler, Lydia Kovesi, Mitch Roberts, Alice Bottomley, Will Sayers, Amy Cumming. Violin: Zachary Johnston Piano: Amanda Kepert
Directed by William James Smith.
Michael Lawrinsky reported that tonight's preview was well attended.
Look out for this new musical when it starts its run.
The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee wishes the musical all success. Hard Jacka, Lemnos and St Kilda
Michael Lawrinsky's historical novel makes great mention of Jacka's comrade Ernie Hill and his fight to name the soldier settlement near Shepparton after Lemnos, the base for the Anzacs at Gallipoli. Members of the Committee will now that Jacka spent time on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign, visiting the Island on a number of occasions. He went on to be a future Mayor of St Kilda on his return to Australia.
For more information on Albert Jacka and his connection to Lemnos, click here.
It is one of the reasons why the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee fundraiser on 28 June will be held at Jacka's old Town Hall in St Kilda! For more information on this function click here.
|Albert Jacka VC on Lemnos, 1915. AWM|
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee