100 Years

1918 - 2018

Marking the end of World War I

Listen to podcasts of World War One and World War Two radio plays. Individual scripts are also available to follow the text of the radio plays, or for use by community groups to present their own play-readings.

Evening in Paris

A radio play by Norah Dempster
adapted from a short story by Michelle Deans

Synopsis

In 1941 two Australian farm boys sign up for war service. Their mateship holds and they become Japanese prisoners-of-war. It is then that the true meaning of humanity shines through.

Evening in Paris by Michelle Deans is based on the true story of Stanley Marchbank (Australian Army Number VX 64139).

Cultivating apple orchards, 1930s

Ned's Gift

A radio play by Juliet Charles
adapted from the short story "Evening In Paris" by Michelle Deans

Synopsis

A young man’s journey from boyhood on a rural orchard - where life seems blissfully simple and trouble-free, to manhood and the brutal realities of war. Amongst the obscenities of battle - cruelty, death and desperation, he encounters a simple act of kindness.

A Pilot and a Nurse: Letters

A radio play by Juliet Charles

Adapted from the letters of Squadron Leader, Kenneth Pryce Wilson and the reminiscences of Betty Joy Wilson

Synopsis

They met on a tram in 1938, fell in love and became engaged. Then war interrupted their romance. He joined the RAAF and she became a VAD. They exchanged many letters.

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