IF you were entertained by Darren Coggan’s Peace Train, the Cat
Stevens Story – you will be moved by the honesty and spirit of his new production War Stories which kicks off a national tour at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre Wollongong on the eve of ANZAC Day.
Inspired by his own family history, Coggan, from Helensburgh, connects us to an iconic part of our heritage. Personal and exceptional stories of Australians at war are woven into songs that provide an intimate perspective of the tales that have helped shape our nation.
War Stories takes you on an insightful journey into the lives of the Australians behind the lines. We reminisce about the generation of women who stayed at home and kept the country running. We celebrate the mateship, humour and courage in the Gallipoli trenches. And we honour our Indigenous diggers, a story rarely told.
“War Stories presents both small and personal stories, footnote-like, that are outside the big, simple mainstream history of Australian’s at War and it makes those chapters of our military history more accessible, more human,” Coggan said.
“The show is more than a living graveyard and it is not an RSL smoko show. It is a two hour theatrical story piece with songs and a refreshing new look at what is such a defining part of our heritage.”
Coggan said Wollongong’s IPAC has become his favourite theatre in Australia and is the perfect venue for the intimate nature of this show.
Awarded Heritage Song of the Year at the 37th Golden Guitar Awards, Darren’s beautiful performance brings a warmth and integrity to the narrative. War Stories is a salute to the Australian spirit and how we find the strength to shine in the most intense and heart-breaking situations.
Coggan has toured extensively with stage shows Grease – The Mega Musical, Happy Days – The Arena Mega Musical, and Shout – The Musical Of The Wild One. His critically acclaimed show Peace Train played to standing ovations in the most prestigious venues across Australia including the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Darren is currently presenting for ‘Sydney Weekender’ on Network 7.