A Town Named War Boy by Ross Mueller

a confronting reminder of the horror of war whilst remaining an enjoyable and humorous play that showcased power of the human spirit

Aussie Theatre

Based on the State Library of NSW’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men that set sail for the far side of the world.

Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their hand writing, feel the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts. Our young past is captured, alive and preserved.

Award winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this funny and moving play that sold out in it’s premiere Sydney season and The Australian called “the most moving Anzac experience of all.”

Developed and presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

…the Australian Theatre for Young People has created what for us has been the most moving Anzac experience of all.

The Australian


  • Fraser Corfield
  • Adrienn Lord
Lighting Designer
  • Emma Lockhart-Wilson
  • Steve Francis
Sound Designer
  • Alistair Wallace
Production Manager
  • Jason Thelwell
Stage/Company Manager 
  • Rebecca Poulter
Banner Image
  • Luke Stambouliah
  • Ryan Morgan (Tom)
  • Josh McElroy (Snow)
  • Edward McKenna (Huddo)
  • Simon Croker (John) 
  • Australian Theatre for Young People with the State Library of New South Wales


  • A Performing Lines tour in association with Arts on Tour

Information for Presenters

Currently touring nationally. For future presentation information, please contact Australian Theatre for Young People.

Presentation History

Orange Civic Theatre
Orange, NSW
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW
Griffith Regional Theatre
Griffith, NSW
The Art House
Wyong, NSW
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, ACT
Portland Arts Centre
Portland, VIC
Lighthouse Theatre
Warrnambool, VIC
Capital Theatre
Bendigo, VIC
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC
Subiaco Arts Centre
Subiaco, WA
Riverside Parramatta
Parramatta, NSW
Whaleback Arena
Newman, WA
Cummins Theatre
Merredin, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

A Town Named War Boy has been commissioned and developed by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in partnership with the State Library of New South Wales, and is toured by Performing Lines in association with Arts on Tour. This tour has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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