Fred Smith’s Dust of Uruzgan harnesses the unique ability of song to convey what words alone cannot – an emotional sense of life for soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan. The show uses a powerful combination of great song-writing, an extraordinary collection of photographs and first-hand accounts of life on the front line to offer audiences a three dimensional sensory experience of what it has been like for our people in Afghanistan: the dust, the heat, the frustration, the camaraderie, the fighting and the mundane day-to-day.
Audience members have said they learned more about Afghanistan in this two-hour show than they have from twelve years of media coverage.
Dust of Uruzgan is a rare opportunity for Australians to get an insight from someone who was there. It succeeds in providing this insight, not through lectures and headlines, but through witty storytelling, clever song writing and a touching array of images.
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Fred Smith is the latest in a long line of Australian songwriters that attempt to capture what it means to serve your country overseas…Jim Trail, ABC