How the Diggers legend was born
IPSWICH actors will honour our fallen soldiers with a touching performance the weekend before Remembrance Day.
The Legend Was Created, written by Clive Render, is based on letters and diary notes sent and recorded by Diggers at the front line during the First World War.
"It's not a chronological history of the war but it focuses on the human element," Mr Render said.
"We look at what it was like, using diary entries and letters as a mother and son correspond from the Western Front."
Mr Render said the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company production would include classic songs, as well as some lesser-known pieces.
"A lot of songs we've put in everyone will know, like It's a Long Way to Tipperary," he said.
"The actors singing the other songs say they love them so hopefully the audience does too."
The retiree said writing had been a life-long hobby which he always enjoyed.
"Once I retired, I decided to do the things I wanted to do like writing and painting," he said.
"I also wrote Songs About The War last year about the Second World War, which I lived through so it was more of an autobiography."
Mr Render said this First World War play required more research.
"I had to go through books and books to look up what the time was really like," he said.
"I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there.
"There is nothing more wonderful than hearing the words you've written being spoken by someone else."
The performance will be held on Friday from 7.30pm and Sunday from 1.30pm at the Old Ipswich Courthouse, cnr Ginn and Roderick Sts.
Tickets cost $15, including a Devonshire tea.
Phone 3281 0555 or visit ipswichmusicaltheatrecompany.com.au to book.