Aged guards return to a different world

If you are looking for some great theatrical comedy then be sure to check out the latest production by the Havelock Theatre Company, Gran-Dad's Army which opens tomorrow night in the Havelock Town Hall.

Written by long-time Havelock playwright Rick Edmonds, the play is a fictional account of seven home guard soldiers sent to one of the Chetwode Islands in Pelorus Sound during World War II.

It was a secret posting and when the war ended no-one remembered they were there. So for the next 68 years the ageing men continued to scan the horizon, searching for any approaching enemy.

In 2012 they are rescued by Department of Conservation staff during a visit to the island.

The grey-haired, octogenarian soldiers are brought to Havelock and discover the world they knew has disappeared, replaced by a new, digital age.

The first screening, at 8pm, is a gala event with complimentary drinks provided by Bladen Wines and Mussel Pot restaurant. Further 8pm performances are on February 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9, with a matinee at 3pm on February 3. Tickets for all shows are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children under 14.

Tickets available from Eyes on Nature, 61 Main St, Havelock, Still Books at Tan's Place, 18 Scott St, Blenheim, or Take Note Picton, 28 High St, Picton.

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