Clyde Cameron plays the Colonel.
Clyde Cameron plays the Colonel. Christopher Chan

Historical figure in spotlight in Boomtown performances

HE SPENT eight years on the Gladstone Regional Council, and Clyde Cameron believes the political experience stood him in good stead for his role in Boomtown.

The 62-year-old, who know runs a cattle property near Kroombit Tops, plays Colonel George Barney, a Gladstone founding father.

"I play a satirical version of the historical figure - but it is based on the historical fact!" Mr Cameron said.

However, expect a creative take on the British authoritarian.

"The audience should look for a cynical reference to my own political career," he said.

Mr Cameron said he easily stepped into the character's shoes.

"I'm a fourth-generation Gladstonian, and interested in the history of the settlement of the region," he said.

More than 300 locals will take to the stage from next Thursday night, for four Boomtown performances at the Gladstone Marina Park foreshore.

Thousands are expected to watch the spectacular production, but Mr Cameron isn't nervous.

"I perform at festivals with Australian Bush Balladeers, so I'm used to audiences of that size," he said.

But it will be the biggest audience he's ever faced in his hometown, and he's expecting to see plenty of unfamiliar faces in the crowd.

"The changing demographics are a big part of Boomtown," he said.

"Most of my friends now live in Hervey Bay or Bargara now."

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