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The Pen & the Sword

by tony rive

The Pen & the Sword: Words in War

"...and now the Winter of the world/With perishing great darkness closes in".

In honour of the Centenary of World War One coming to a close, theatre ad absurdum proudly presents The Pen and the Sword at Brown's Mart. Directed by Tony Rive, these readings commemorate the poetry of the ‘Great War,’ showcasing the standout poets of that era, while presenting a timely reminder on the effects of war.

With work from the likes of Banjo Patterson and Wilfred Owen, The Pen and the Sword explores the sentiments of conflict: from patriotism and comradeship to despair and loss. It also reminds us of humanity’s ability for art despite the hostility of the environment.

Using single voices and choral effects, the show will take the audience on a journey ranging across different cultures, bringing to life the written imagery that flourished during the four year struggle.

Supported by Brown's Mart, The Pen and the Sword will run from June 5-9 at Browns Mart Theatre, 12 Smith Street Darwin City at 7pm.
Tickets are $25 or $20 concession and groups of 8 or more. Buy tickets at the door (6pm on show nights) or book online at

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