Generations clash in this classic Australian play

The One Day of the Year explores the universal theme of father-son conflict against a landscape of changing national values.


Alf, a working-class WW2 veteran, clings to the ANZAC Day tradition as an almost sacred rite of mates and booze - and an escape from the disappointments of civilian life and the persistent pain of wartime memories. When his son, Hughie, refuses to attend the annual parade and later reveals that he has helped produce an anti-Anzac feature for his student newspaper with his upper-class girlfriend, Jan, family tensions erupt. 


First staged in 1960, Alan Seymour’s landmark play questioned the existence of an Australian class system and challenged us to re-examine a national identity welded, even in defeat, to our military history. To this day, the play still resonates through our awareness of the post-war ripples that continue to impact individuals, families and society.


Following the performance, ex-Special Forces Commando, Tim Thomas from the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation will lead a post-show discussion on the issues of PTSD, veteran mental health and his rescue programs. Tim’s work in the Veteran Recovery Field is based on his own experiences as a Special Forces Commando in Afghanistan and East Timor.

Tim’s book “Fight, Flight or Feel” will be available for purchase after the performance and is also available online here> 

The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation is a private research Foundation conducting clinical trials; liver and respiratory cancer research and veteran mental health research.


Jan Nary


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Event and ticketing details

Date and time

Saturday 24 April - 2pm

Duration:     1hr 50mins, including a 20min interval (subject to change)


Adult: $20.00
Seniors/Pensioners: $15.00
Student: $10.00
Group (10 - 17): $15.00 - pp

Ticket status

On Sale


RPAC Auditorium

2 -16 Middle Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163

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Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Induction Loop Hearing Assistance

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre on 3829 8131 so that we can accommodate your needs. Further information can also be found on the 'Access and Facilities' page.

Event notes


Parental guidance recommended to determine suitability for your child


The RPAC car park fills up quickly.  Use designated drop-off points and leave plenty of time to find a parking space.

Booking fees:

$4.50 by phone and $5.20 online per transaction

Box Office hours:

Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm, and 1 hour prior to performances.

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