'Bill Massey's Tourists' has toured New Zealand, to acclaim, over the past four years. This solo play, written and performed by Jan Bolwell, has left audiences weeping and laughing up and down the country. Veteran Auckland theatre director Raymond Hawthorne says of this play: ‘Bill Massey’s Tourists is a great piece of theatre! Based on her grandfather’s reflections of World War One, Jan Bolwell reveals both as a writer and performer the horrors, humour and pathos of those hellish times at the front. A moving experience.’
The play is peppered with movement sequences set to amusing and original WW1 soldiers’ ditties and First World War poems set to music by composer Laughton Pattrick.
Dunedin reviewer Terry MacTavish writes:
“Not only does Bolwell change character in the blink of an eye, but lighting up the stage with energy, she breaks effortlessly into perfectly integrated song and dance, whether it’s Arthur’s waltz with his bride-to-be or the more vulgar capering of the soldiers.
Award-winning Wellington theatre director, Kerryn Palmer directs ‘Bill Massey’s Tourists’ with design by Nicole Cosgrove.
To acknowledge Armistice Day 2018 Jan Bolwell will give a special performance of her play.