Once Were Enemies. Now We’re Friends.


La Mama regrets to announce that this season has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.



Pronounced Chan-ak-ale, Turkish people call Gallipoli The Çanakkale War.

In ÇANAKKALE/GALLIPOLI storyteller Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky (Bushwackers Band etc) re-tells Gallipoli with Turkish and Australian literature, music and song. Emotional, respectful and informative, transcending flag-waving nationalism and debunking the odd furphy, this is montage theatre that explores the idea that ‘once we were enemies, now we’re friends’.

Portraying characters from Turkish widows to pissed Aussie revellers, the works of great writers linked with Jan’s Gallipoli experiences and with two fine musicians – Jack Norton and Boris ConleyÇANAKKALE/GALLIPOLI provides a deeply human story that evokes the charming, tragic innocence of one nation and the cultural depth, and war-weariness, of the other.

… Jan’s pre-Dawn Service performance at Gallipoli was a multi-layered tribute to the spirit of reconciliation and the memory of those who were sacrificed that moved everyone present. Jan’s work is ingenious in being able to capture both the Anzac and Turkish experience and present it in a way that is totally accessible, engaging, and respectful but at the same time quietly theatrical. Jan is a true latter day troubadour in the tradition of Australian bush poets and Turkish ‘ozans’ and “ashiks’.

-Harvey Broadbent, author and producer of Gallipoli

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Written, produced, designed and performed by Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky

Translations by Ozmel Ilgin, Vecihi Basarin & Hatice Basarin.

Music, including original compositions by Jack Norton, played by Jack Norton (oud, saz, des), Boris Conley (piano, çevgen-largerphone, accordion) Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky (5-string banjo, bodhrán, harmonica).

Direction: since 1999 there have been several versions of ÇANAKKALE GALLIPOLI. Directors/dramaturges who have contributed to this work are Deborah Sonenberg and Paul Hampton.

Material in script drawn from traditional Turkish and Australian song, the stories of Turkish tour guide Ali Efes and the literary and musical works of works of Eric Bogle, Nazim Hikmet, CJ Dennis, Ted Egan, Bill Harney, Ifran Orga, ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Jack O’Hagan, Peter Allen, Mojo Advertising, Colin Hay, Mary Gilmore, Mustafa Kemal Attatürk (so they say), Bülent Ecevit and Necmettin Halil Onan.




April 24 – April 29



Tues 6.30pm| Wed 3pm & 6.30pm| Thurs, Fri, Sat 7.30pm| Sun 4pm

Approx. 75 min


La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton


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Full $30 Concession  $20

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