By Dorian Mode
Full Length Play, 1980s, 1910s / WWI
CASTING: 4M, 3F
Based on historical events, Millie's War is set in the 1980s, when a number of women attempted to join official ANZAC Day marches across Canberra to commemorate women raped in war. Fourteen women were arrested. The following year, again in Canberra, around 250 women attempted to join the tail of the official ANZAC Day march but were stopped by police. The police were acting under a Section 23A of the Traffic Ordinace, a section conveniently gazetted the day before the march.
Approximately 64 people, mainly women, were arrested and charged.
With this dramatic backdrop, Millie's War is set largely in the boardroom of an RSL Club. When the sleepy local branch of this RSL meet with the women in order to dissuade them from upsetting their sacred parade of remembrance, the crotchety president of the RSL Club is appalled to find his own granddaughter is one of the feminists attempting to spoil their day. Tempers soon reach boiling point as each side argues the case for the importance of commemorating victims of war.
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A script reading at Laycock Theatre, NSW. Playwright - Dorian Mode. Director - Chris King
ALF - President of the RSL Club, late 70s. Tweed jacket, regimental tie, highly polished shoes, walking stick, sprig of rosemary in the lapel. RSL Club badge.
MORRIS - Club Treasurer, late 60s, hearing aid, cardigan, beret, sprig of rosemary in the lapel. RSL Club badge.
PERCY - Club secretary, early 70s. Navy blue squadron jacket, cravat, thin moustache, sprig of rosemary. RSL Club badge.
KEVIN - Junior Board member. Mid 40s, overly tanned. Hawaiian-short, RayBans. RSL Club badge.
MILLIE - Late 20s, pregnant, 80s power suits, cornchip earrings, padded shoulders. Big hair.
ROSEMARY - Late 30s, short cropped punkish hair. Dressed like a male English Professor from the 1950s.
BEV - Mid 40s. Chain smoker. Short skirt. Push-up bra. Tobacco chuckle.
SURGEON - Late 60s, obstetrics surgeon, dishevelled, hospital scrubs (if required, played by Morris)
CONSTABLE - Mid 40s (if required, played by Kevin)
PUNTER - Any age, three-day-growth, boozy, tramp-like (if required, played by stagehand)