As part of the Belfast Children’s Festival starting this weekend Replay Theatre Company are bringing the real-life heroic story of two young girls – whose lives were changed forever during an ill-fated journey by sea – to young audiences across Northern Ireland.
The extraordinary play which debuts at The MAC, Belfast on the March 12 and 13, before touring schools and arts centres from March 18 to April 20, is called Lifeboat and tells the story of Bess Walder and Beth Cumming, both aged 15, as they embark on a voyage from Liverpool to Canada in 1940.
Replay Theatre Company is a charitable organisation set up to give schoolchildren and young people an opportunity to experience live theatre, often for the first time, and Brennans Bread sponsors the theatre group to offer quality visual arts productions.
Lifeboat tells the story of 90 evacuees trying to escape the relentless bombing of Britain during WWII by sailing from Liverpool to Canada. As the story unfolds we see how the girls spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat and how they willed each other to survive.
To find out where you can see Lifeboat and for further information log onto www.replaytheatreco.org
Find out more about the sponsors, Brennan’s Bread at www.brennansbread.ie