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John Doherty



Nationality:    Australian
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John Doherty is a freelance playwright and screen writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. A Theatre Educator, Acting Teacher, Drama Teacher, Head of Drama at an independent school and Professional Actor, John's career also saw him in the role of Assistant Director on a number of commercial mini-series in the 1990s. John has written a number of plays specifically with view to extending young actors' skills, enjoyment and appreciation of live theatre. John is frequently sought after by South Australia's foremost agencies and specialises in working with young and young adult actors toward attaining an industry standard of performance.

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        No Man's Land Cafe

No Man's Land Cafe

Harry and Sam, World War One Diggers, enjoy aperitifs, conversation and the company of a local girl, Marie, and Australian Military Nurse, Alice, in a small cafe near Pozieres, France. It is 1918, the Great War almost over. Something is odd. Is it the cyclic repetition of the same moment in time, or the cheerful demeanour of these people so close to the Western Front? Or is it the strange stance Harry and Sam take, resembling an ANZAC memorial statue, like those seen in pride of place in almost every Australian country town, at the end of each cycle? Is it the ear-splitting roar of exploding shells close by, coinciding with the arrival of new patrons? Stories, some oddly humorous, others poignantly sad, abound as characters share their experiences of war. Why do some characters speak of the war as the present, others, the past? Their lives behind them, all tell of enlistment, optimism and, ultimately, terrible truths and forlorn hope. Germans, Ernst, Manfred and Gretha, bring the perspective of the "other side" into stark focus. No Man's Land Cafe, an after-life place where the stories of the fallen and those who lived, are brought together in a moving commemoration of World War One, the war to end all wars. Eleven characters, eight Australian, two German and one French, are based on people who fought in or endured World War One, their stories often touching in their "ordinariness."


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