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A LIVE music performance offering aglimpse of Afghanistan beyond the news headlines will kick off Newcastle Civic Theatre’s 2016 season.
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BEHIND THE VEIL: Fred Smith will tour the Dust of Uruzgan stage show to Newcastle on February 13. Dust of Uruzgan is a collection of songs written from his Smith’s experiences in southern Afghanistan. Picture: Supplied

Songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith, who did two tours to southern Afghanistan in 2010 and 2013, will present Dust of Uruzgan –a collection of songs written from his experiences in the Uruzgan Province–in Newcastle on Saturday, February 13.

After releasing theDust of Uruzgan album in 2011, whichreceived rave reviews, Smith began touring a stage show.Theshow is based on his album which combines songs, humour and commentary.

It is complemented with a set of projected photographs takenby military and civilian photographers.

With Australian soldiers no longer insouthern Afghanistan, the Dust of Uruzgan show is a unique opportunity for thepublic to learn more about what it was like to be in the country.

The showincludes snippets of footage of Uruzgan leaders explaining the impact Australians had on the province.

“I think it’s important to give the Australian public an accurate account of what it was like for the 20,000 or so Australian soldiers and civilians who served in Afghanistan,”Smith said.

“There’s a lazy post-Vietnam era type scepticism out there about our involvement in Afghanistan, but we made a positive difference in Uruzgan province in the time we were there and I want the Australian public to know that.”

The show will be staged outdoors on the grounds of the historic Fort Scratchley in Newcastle.

Gates open at 7pm.Attendees are encouraged to takea picnic rug and refreshments.

Parental guidance is recommended for children under 15 as the show contains themes of war.

A percentage of ticket sales from this show will go to the Fort Scratchley Historic Society.

Tickets, available from Ticketek, cost $25 for those aged 15 to 21 and $42 for adults.

The Examiner has one double pass to give away to the show.

To win, send your name and contact details in en email titled “Smith’ to [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

The winner will be notified by 5pm on Wednesday, February 10.

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