SIMPSON J. 202 by Richard Beynon
Directed by Rosie Daly
Depicting the early life and tragic death of John Simpson – the man with the donkey at Gallipoli.
Jack Kirkpatrick, a young man who grew up caring more for his pets and the local strays than he did for school work, desperately wanted to follow his father’s footsteps and become a merchant seaman. Due to his lack of interest and attendance at school, he’s forced to leave his education and work as a milk delivery boy and donkey attendant.
Tragedy strikes the family home with the loss of his father. Two days after the burial, Jack surprises his family by announcing that he will be leaving home in order to go to sea. He boards a ship heading to Western Australia and plans to stay for a year to provide for his family and have the adventure of a lifetime, but end up travelling around Australia, just trying to make enough money to return home. Documenting his adventures through letters sent home to his mother Sarah and sister Annie, who are anxious for his return.
With a lack of funds for his return, Jack thinks his luck has changed when war is declared in Europe, and Australia starts sending men to England for training. Known as a “larrikin,” Jack decides to change his name to John Simpson in order to avoid detection, and hops a ship. Unfortunately, that ship did not return to England instead was diverted to a camp set up in Egypt, where ‘John’ was assigned the role of stretcher-bearer. Simpson and his comrades find themselves on the beaches of Gallipoli.
The rest is part of Australia’s history.
With Michael Giglio, Charlotte Robertson, Micky Rose, Don Ezard, David Preston, Stephen Wheatley & Charu Ahluwalia
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