And Tell Mum...the story of a small town and a great war
Tickets - $10.00 + trybooking booking fee.
Available online at www.trybooking.com/KMUJ
or Shire of Kulin PH: 08 9880 1204
It is very early morning and we are steaming in line slowly approaching the shores of old England. It is a wonderful thought to me and sometimes I can hardly realize that we shall be there soon.
[Stan Bull, 28th December 1916]
For the three nights leading up to ANZAC Day 2016, Kulin’s outdoor war memorial came alive as over 260 people from across WA experienced the stories of men and women from Kulin, who found themselves coming to terms with the outbreak of World War One.
So much work from many people went into turning this production from what was a small kernel of an idea 2 years ago into something we were all so proud of. We'd like to acknowledge the wonderful support of the Genevieve Whisson at the Shire of Kulin and all the other staff who helped and assisted in the lead up and during the peformances. Also to Patsy Vizents who generously gave her time and enthusiasm to assist with research and help out behind the scenes and on the door.
Thanks to all the kind and generous people of Kulin past and present who donated and shared memories, stories, photographs, letters and personal items of their loved ones.
"And Tell Mum" was very fortunate to receive support from so many generous organisations including: The Shire of Kulin, Western Australian History Foundation, Lotterywest, Kulin Bush Races, Kulin RSL, Kulin Bendigo Bank, Black Cyclone. A big THANKS to you all.
And, of course, we must acknowledge our fabulous cast of talented actors who were so committed, supportive and enthusiastic about the whole experience of "And Tell Mum". Their performances under the stars and the towering gum trees of our beautiful venue was an inspiration, and it was such a special sight to see them meet and chat with so many people from Kulin who were directly related to their characters in the performance. Last but by no means least, our wonderfully talented and generous musicians Anthony Rossiter and Andrew Metaxas who travelled from Melbourne to be part of this production and endeared themselves to everyone.
There were tears and laughter tall round to be sure!
Helen and Julia
William Stanley Bull who tells his story and the story of his family, his friends, his town and his war
A little about "And Tell Mum"
“And tell Mum…" was an original theatrical performance interpreting the stories and experiences of the men and women from a small country WA town who found themselves having to come to terms with the outbreak of a world war. The production traced their struggles to face the impacts and effects this war would have on their lives forever - both personally and also for their young community. It was a war like nothing ever experienced before and, for many, never experienced again.
“And Tell Mum” drew upon official and personal historical records, recollections, music and objects of the people who were living in and around the wheatbelt town of Kulin before, during and immediately after the First World War. The production was part of our vision, in association with the Shire of Kulin, to produce a unique and quality experience that will contribute meaningfully to the centenary commemorations of the First World War that began in 2014 and will continue until 2019.
“And Tell Mum” was an opportunity for a regional community to participate, to tell their own story, to share their experience, to showcase their town and to remember and acknowledge those who served and fought as well as those left behind to keep the home fires burning.
Simply WOW!!! From the setting to the actors to the music to the script. WOW!!
Ending with joy and sadness was perfect, that is how life is, even wartime. A fantastic tribute to a town, and a fantastic job well done.
The venue was perfect, the emphasis always on the actors and content, the cenotaph always as the central focus. The show could not have been as successful or as poignant without the perfect accompaniment of the violins and their timing.
We attended the show on the Friday night and just thought everything about it was great. The setting with the gums, full moon and Anzac memorial as a background drop just made it more moving and real.
Humour, pathos and heart wrenching moments in the play, a beautiful setting, the friendly people of Kulin and a moon to top things off. As usual, Scooplight provided top quality drama.
This was a fantastic performance so well done and Uncle Stan's story was so well told. Myself and my daughter who owns some of his diaries and photos attended on Friday night and loved it.
Before, during and after the show....
The other stars of the show.
Photographs courtesy of members and descendants of the Bull, Gordon, Wilson and Proud families, the Kulin Shire Chronicles, Australian War Memorial.
Production and rehearsals...
Lots of hard work by all
the all singing,