What's On - Australian Warhorses - The WWI Light Horse Experience Details
This is an archived event
7 Feb 2013
Date and Time
07 February 2012, 12.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Australian Warhorses - The WWI Light Horse Experience
Enjoy Thursday lunch with fresh, new and exciting performances as part of Riverside Live in and around Hamer Hall.
During the First World War, the Australian Light Horse Regiments took part in the greatest cavalry exploits in modern history. More than 136,000 horses were sent to Europe as part of the war effort – only one returned.
Regarded as the finest cavalry mounts in the world, these horses could travel further, faster and longer without water than desert camels. However due to expense and quarantine difficulties they could not be brought home. Many Australian Light Horsemen elected to shoot their mounts rather than leave them to a miserable fate or death in the Middle East.
Following a short performance of Loyal Creatures – written by Morris Gleitzman, commissioned for the War Horse Learning Program and performed by Tim Potter – join David Holloway (Patron, 4th Light Horse Regiment Memorial Association and author of Endure and Fight) for a discussion about the experience of these Light Horse servicemen and their horses during the Great War.
This not to be missed free public event explores the themes of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of War Horse from a purely Australian perspective.