Rolling Thunder Vietnam: Songs That Defined A Generation

Rolling Thunder Vietnam: Songs That Defined A Generation

Appearing at The Playhouse in Geelong for multiple performances on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of March, Rolling Thunder Vietnam is a musical rock drama, directed by David Berthold and musically directed by Chong Lim, which takes audiences back to the 60s and 70s; a time burdened by the Vietnam War.

Exploring themes of protest, social unrest, loss and connection to the soundtrack of iconic rock acts like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf and Paul Simon, the production centres on the lives of Australian Vietnam War soldiers and their families, as inspired by real interviews with veterans.

Describing the drama as a capsule of Australian culture, Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson says RTV “should be seen not just by the men and women who were young in the ‘60s and ‘70s but by their children and grandchildren.

To see this show is to understand us, who we are now, and one of the most significant events that changed and shaped us.” Rolling Thunder Vietnam was first staged at QPAC in 2014, and now touring Australia in 2020 features a cast including Toby Francis, Tom Oliver, and Matt Pearce.

Tickets are available now on the Geelong Arts Centre website.

Written by Olivia Hurley
Photo Jeff Busby