Play examines Ned Kelly's final hours

A PLAY that wrestles with the themes surrounding one of Australia's greatest historical icons will be performed in Gladstone on Saturday.

 Kelly, by Matthew Ryan, is a performance that is at times confrontational as it looks at Ned Kelly in his final days.

The play was recently nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production.


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In the play, Ned Kelly is about to hang for his crimes, but his final night in prison is interrupted by the arrival of his brother Dan, disguised as a priest.

Supposedly killed at the siege of Glenrowan, Dan is intent on moving north to Queensland and forgetting his past.

To do so, he needs Ned's blessing and forgiveness.

But the last time they saw each other, Dan tried to shoot Ned dead.

So begins a brutal confrontation by two titans of Australian history.

Facing the sins of their past, each blames the other for their downfall. 

The play will be performed at Gladstone Entertainment Centre at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost $40 adults and $20 children.

There's a special buy one get one free offer on adult tickets.

For more information, visit the Gladstone Entertainment Centre website here.