Theatres of War: Wartime Entertainment and the Australian Experience highlights the crucial role played by music and theatre in the lives of Australians from the First World War to Afghanistan. Drawn primarily from Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection, the exhibition explores the power of performance in bringing people together, lifting spirits and offering a form of escapism during times of great adversity.
Photographs, scrapbooks, letters, posters and audio-visual material are used to tell stories ranging from concert party performers on the Western Front, female impersonators and opera singers in the jungles of New Guinea, to pop stars taking music from home to Vietnam.
Theatres of War: Wartime Entertainment and the Australian Experience is a touring exhibition proudly presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and supported by the Australian Government's Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.
Main image credit: Detail from Concert Party And Musicians At The 3rd Australian Hospital, Dartford, England, C.1918 Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection