The Last Post
I’ve just been writing the last few scenes of one of my plays – an antiwar play about the life of a former Australian SAS soldier, who is trying to make a new life for himself. In one of these scenes he attends a Dawn Service and listens to the Ode of Remembrance and The Last Post, prior to having a fight with a young soldier during a celebratory game of Two Up. So I thought, I’d share a little of the feeling that I’m trying to inject into the play, from what, for many Australians is a very poignant experience.
Personally I respect remembering the tragedy of war. I’m OK with ANZAC Day but I have always found Remembrance Day a bit yuk, given it’s also my birthday. I wish we would spend as much time and effort remembering all the Aboriginal Australians who were massacred during colonization but we don’t. And I hate all forms of gambling, so naturally I detest the game of Two Up and what it represents. But I can think of very few national events that evoke so much feeling and reverie. And The Last Post, is a beautiful piece of music, that to me, transcends culture and memory.