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The National Library of Australia has generously offered USI of the ACT members discounted tickets to a performance by Brett Hunt of his one-man show, Dusted Off, a show written about his own family experience dealing with a family member with PTSD.
Brett’s work is heavily inspired by a childhood surrounded by veterans of the Vietnam War. His father, Frank Hunt, had deployed to the war himself, inspiring the line ‘Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon’ in Redgum’s 1983 song I Was Only Nineteen. Sharing the sense of isolation and alienation felt by many veterans of that war, Frank welcomed any veteran in need of a bed into the Hunt home. Listening to their stories, Brett developed an understanding of war and its impact on soldiers and their families even at a young age. He heard about post-traumatic stress disorder and family breakdowns, but also saw the camaraderie among these men, who supported each other with humility, strength and humour.
This powerful piece of theatre presents an opportunity for families and individuals to engage in the story of Vietnam, the impact that conflict can have on combatants and of course on their families. It uses music and humour to engage audiences in something that few are willing to talk about.
Members can book using this link to the National Library booking site http://www.nla.gov.au/event/dusted-off-with-brett-hunt. Enter the code VETERANS16 when booking to receive tickets at the discounted price of $20.
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