1918, the Great War draws to a close, the carnage continues. In a café near Pozières, France, Diggers, Harry and Sam, enjoy aperitifs, and conversation in the company of a cafés hosts, AIF Nurse, Alice, and Parisienne girl, Marie.

Called to the auditorium by the Reveille, we enter to find cyclic repetition of action and dialogue, each brought to a close by the Diggers, their stance reminiscent of memorial statues in many an Australian town or city. They are trapped in a moment, like those trapped on the Western Front.

The café is stark, it’s white décor unsettling, furnishings reminiscent of tombstones at Fromelle.

Heralded by ear-splitting shell bursts, the arrival of new patron’s breaks each cycle.

Thrown together by forces beyond their comprehension, the characters find themselves in a conflict of a different sort, their patriotism and distrust of each other foiling attempts to find their common humanity.

All Blood Runs Red is set in an after-life place where stories of the fallen, and those who lived, are brought together in a moving reflection of World War One, ‘The war to end all war.’ (Woodrow Wilson, U.S President 1913 -1921)
Eleven characters are based on ‘actuals,’ doctors or nurses who either perished in or survived the “Great War.”

  • drama
  • 90
  • 22 total
  • 11 female identifying, 11 male identifying
  • history, culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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