“ÇANAKKALE. GALLIPOLI. Lest We Forget” tells of soldiers from different worlds who shared a living hell, and of their women behind the lines and across the sea who grieved for their sons, husbands, brothers and fathers.
Çanakkale (pronounced Cha-na-kale) is the Turkish name for the Gallipoli war, and in “ÇANAKKALE. GALLIPOLI. Lest We Forget”, storyteller/musician Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky tells the tragic tale from both sides - using both Turkish and Australian poetry, song and story.
Fast-paced, deeply emotional, humorous and informative, with Jan playing frailed banjo, bodhrán and harmonica, the show was a hit for 8,000 people awaiting the 2003 Dawn Service at Gallipoli.
Now for this special intimate performance at the Old Castlemaine Gaol, Jan will be joined by a master of Turkish music, Jack Norton, playing oud, saz and tanbur.
This music laces together the works of famous Australian and Turkish writer - Eric Bogle, Nazim Hikmet, Ted Egan. Bulent Ecevit, CJ Dennis and Mary Gilmore and traditional material.
The Turks lost 86,000 dead. The Anzac dead numbered 11,488. By telling it from both sides ÇANAKKALE. GALLIPOLI. Lest We Forget is a version of Gallipoli that transcends nationalism, challenges the myths surrounding this disaster and pays respect to the individual soldier entangled in the machinations of European politics.
The historical narrative is linked with Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky’s personal experiences at Gallipoli: Aussie kids draped in the flag seeking national identity in the Anzac legend, and of the over-arching Turkish narrative that enemy soldiers grew to respect each other, and of how that respect became the friendship that Turks and Australians share today.