Youth cast’s 50th anniversary reunion

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IN APRIL, 1962, the youth clubs of Carnoustie and district gathered together under Panbride Youth Fellowship and the direction of the late David Moyes to perform the passion play ‘A Man Dies’.

At that time ‘A Man Dies’ was a highly controversial play since it involved teenagers dancing and singing religious themes to rock ‘n’ roll music rather than traditional hymns. Many who held strong traditional views opposed the play taking place. Nevertheless, such was the enthusiasm of the majority of Carnoustie’s youth club members that rehearsals began in earnest with a cast and crew of over 50.

Now half a century on, a committee of past members under the chairmanship of Rob Pirie, once of Barry village, have decided to hold a 50th anniversary reunion, to follow the highly successful and well-attended 45th anniversary in 2007. This reunion will not be limited just to cast and crew members and partners, but also extended to other Carnoustie contemporary friends of the time who were unable to take part, members of the audience, and any others with an attachment to the play.

The ‘A Man Dies’ reunion will be held in the Station Hotel on Saturday, April 28, the 50th anniversary of the final performance. Tickets are £15 per head, and will include music of the times by Music Man Steve Cooney, and a supper of sandwiches and stovies.

Former ‘A Man Dies’ band member Tom Macpherson has set up a website with old and new photographs plus copies of the original programme on

Anyone wishing tickets can obtain them from: Mr Rob Pirie, 56 Craigie Hill, Drumoig, St Andrews, Fife KY16 0NA, email or call him on 01382-540290.