Flak - Ellis Productions

Flak is five extraordinary but true stories of combat, courage and survival as experienced by some of the men who flew and fought in the air during World War Two - performed in the voices and characters of the men themselves.

Author and performer Michael Veitch - who has had a lifetime passion for the subject - spent several years in the company of these remarkable but modest men, seeking out their stories for two highly-selling books, Flak and Fly.

The tales he has chosen to include in this stage version include Bruce, an Australian bomber pilot, who survived being literally blown out of his exploding Lancaster bomber in 1945; Brian, a Welshman who crashed into the North Sea in 1941 in the middle of a raging North Sea icestorm, spending two horrendous days in a dinghy as his crew perished around him; James, a still-dashing ex-RAF Spitfire pilot who survived an ordeal with a German bomber over Kent, and Dudley, an Australian flying boat captain who, after sinking a German submarine in extraordinary circumstances in 1943, befriended his one-time adversary, the sunken U-Boat captain, decades later.

“Flak” in its unique, ‘direct voice’ style, tells the stories and experiences of war, but also provides context, with Michael Veitch bringing much of his passion and deep interest in the subject to life in a compelling, and at times humorous way. There is even a short power-point on some of the less-than-successful aircraft flown by our air forces during the Second World War, and the sometimes bizarre stories behind them.

‘Flak’ is an ideal show for young people interested in the human side of wars, in a way that combines drama and performance.

 

TOUR DATES
Tuesday 4 August – Bendigo Senior Secondary College
Wednesday 5 August – Murrayville Community College
Thursday 6 August – Wedderburn College
Monday 10 August – Mordialloc College
Tuesday 11 August – Assumption College Kilmore
Wednesday 12 August – Bendigo Catholic College
Thursday 13 August – Horsham College
Friday 14 August – Doncaster Secondary College

IDEAL FOR
Years 7 – 12

DURATION
60 mins + Q & A

FEE:
Minimum fee $1,100 + GST up to 100 students, additional students $10 each LESS Eligible Subsidy

AusVELS Links: Interpersonal Development, The Arts, Design and Technology,
Humanities – History & Geography, Communication, Critical and Creative Thinking Processes,

Artforms: Drama

General Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking,

Key Themes:  Survival, Australian History, War and Mateship

Content Warnings The themes and imagery in this show may be confronting for some students.

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Flak is five extraordinary but true stories of combat, courage and survival as experienced by some of the men who flew and fought in the air during World War Two - performed in the voices and characters of the men themselves.

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Metro: 3rd Aug 2015 to 14th Aug 2015
Regional: 3rd Aug 2015 to 14th Aug 2015

Duration: 60 mins + Q & A
Artform: Drama
Cost: Minimum fee $1100 + GST up to 100 students, additional students $10 each LESS Eligible Subsidy
Suitability: Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Term: Term 3
Booking info: Technical requirements: Room that can be darkened. Projector & screen or large screen TV.