Play proves that you are never too old to realise a dream

June Palmer and David Taylor, residents at Mareeba Nursing Home. June transcribed the music for David's original play, The Summer of 64. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
June Palmer and David Taylor, residents at Mareeba Nursing Home. June transcribed the music for David's original play, The Summer of 64. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

PROVING there's some truth to the cliché 'you're never too old', 86-year-old Maclean resident David Taylor is about to realise a dream when his fictional play, 'The Summer of Sixty Four' premieres on Sunday in Maclean.

Under the direction of Connie de Dassel the Clarence Coast Theatrical Society will bring to life the musical drama first written by Mr Taylor more than 30 years ago.

Now a resident of the Mareeba Aged Care Home, Mr Taylor said this was the first and only play he'd ever penned.

"Although I really enjoyed writing it, I don't plan to do any more; I'd just like to relax," Mr Taylor said prior to rehearsals in September.

Mrs de Dassel said the cast of 20 had enjoyed the experience and thanked everyone involved for giving up their time to attend rehearsals

"It's been lots of fun and laughs along the way and we think it's going to be a great trip down memory lane for many members of the audience," she said.

Fellow Mareeba resident June Palmer has worked closely with Mr Taylor to prepare the musical score, and both have been at every rehearsal.

"There's quite a lot of variety in the plot. I'll definitely be in the audience on opening night," Mrs Palmer said.

Mr Taylor said he had enjoyed watching the production come together and working alongside Mrs Palmer and living in the same location had made rehearsing easy.

When asked if they were nervous the unanimous answer was, "Only a little; it has all been so exciting."

The Summer of Sixty Four is set in a fictional coastal village in North Queensland in 1964 and follows the main character, Velma, as she experiences romance and tragedy.

Featuring several original songs and a number of popular hits from the era, performances of the Summer of Sixty Four will be held at Maclean District Services Club on Sunday December 2 at 7pm and Sunday December 9 at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets are $10 each and are available from the Maclean Flower Box.

Topics:  david taylor, play, the summer of sixty four



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