20 Apr 2017

Musician brings Afghanistan Experience to Queensland

Empire Theatre audiences will be transported to the frontline in Afghanistan when Australian diplomat turned singer-songwriter and author Fred Smith brings the dust, heat, frustration, fighting and camaraderie to the Armitage Centre stage for Dust of Uruzgan on May 6.

As the first Australian diplomat sent to work in Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan and the last to leave, Fred brings his experiences to life, combining storytelling, song and projected images by both military and civilian photographers, moving the audience to tears and laughter.

Based on the critically acclaimed album of the same name, this enlightening performance is poignant, educational and at times, hilarious.

The subject of an ABC Australian Story feature, Fred was praised by Colonel Jason Blain as one of Australia’s most interesting songwriters, with two decades working on peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan and the South Pacific.

“He’s actually walked in the same footsteps of those soldiers… he ate, he slept, he bathed, he worked, he lived with them and when soldiers died, he mourned with them.” Col. Blain said.

Fred’s two hour performances, recommended for those aged 12 and over, gives audiences a chance to understand the experiences of the 20,000 Australians who served in Afghanistan.

For more information or to book tickets visit empiretheatre.com.au, call 1300 655 299 or visit the box office at 54 Neil Street.

Dust of Uruzgan’s tour is supported by The Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.