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Issue Details: First known date: 1921... 1921 The New War
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The fun is 'provided by a hilarious inebriate who insists on displaying his hospitality to his sleepy room mate' (Brisbane Courier 7 December 1923, p.11).


  • The New War is one of several sketches played out between Chic and Bert (later Chic and Joe) that form an on-going series based on the experiences of Australian and New Zealand soldiers both during the First World War and as they try to return to 'normal' civilian life after the Armistice.

    Although the names of the principal characters (as staged prior to ca. 1923) have not yet been established with certainty, it is likely that they were either named Chic and Bert or were being developed as such.

  • An unidentified and undated newspaper clipping from the Vice Regals' 1921 tour of New Zealand indicates that the sketch was staged under the title The New War A. D. 1921.

Production Details

  • 1921: New Zealand tour, ca. June-October. Director/Producer Pat Hanna ; Troupe The Vice Regals ; Cast incl. Pat Hanna

    1921: Esplanade, St Kilda (Melbourne), ca. December. Director/Producer Pat Hanna ; Troupe The Famous Diggers ; Cast incl. G. P. Hanna (Chic), Will Crawford (Bert).

    1923: Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane, 6-12 December. Director/Producer G. P. Hanna ; Music Director Mena Raymond ; Troupe The Famous Diggers ; Cast G. P. Hanna (Chic), Joe Valli (Joe).

    1924: Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane, 11-17 September. Director/Producer G. P. Hanna ; Troupe The Famous Diggers ; Cast incl. G. P. Hanna, Joe Valli.

    1925: Queensland regional tour, April-May. Director G. P. Hanna ; Producer E. J. Carroll (q.v.) ; Troupe Pat Hanna's Famous Diggers ; Cast incl. G. P. Hanna, Joe Valli.

    • Queensland regional tour itinerary incl. Gympie, April* / Maryborough, April* / Bundaberg, April - 1 May / Earls Court, Rockhampton, 2-9 May / Mount Morgan, May* / Mackay, 12 May -* / Townsville, May* / Charters Towers, May* / Mackay, June* (return season) / Rockhampton, June* (return season).

    NB: An asterisk [*] beside a date indicates that it is either approximate or is yet to be determined.

  • This entry has been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian popular theatre being conducted by Professor Richard Fotheringham and Dr Clay Djubal.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1921
      1925 .
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • This script appears to be almost identical to the earlier manuscript held in the Performing Arts Centre.


      Held at: National Archives of Australia National Archives Library
      Local Id: A1336 14219

      Copyright registration application by George Patrick Hanna dated 28 September 1925. Registered on 11 November 1925 (work enclosed).

      Description: Typescript
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • This manuscript is believed to be an earlier version than the National Archives of Australia script. It is also possibly written in the hand of 'Orchid' (aka George Breston)


      Held at: Performing Arts Museum Research Library
      Local Id: 2001.025
      Pat Hanna Collection
Last amended 15 Oct 2013 10:11:44