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Lifeboat

  • Venue: Barber Studio
  • Duration: 70 minutes
  • Age: 8+
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The extraordinary World War II drama, based on a gripping true story of courage, survival and enduring friendship.

In 1940 The City of Benares set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only 11 of the evacuees survived. Two 15-year-old girls spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.

Continuing our commitment to taking our work around the communities of Leeds, Lifeboat will also be visiting venues across the city this summer.


BSL Interpreted and Captioned Performances

Cast & Credits

By Nicola McCartney / Director Gill Robertson /

West Yorkshire Playhouse presents Catherine Wheels Theatre Company's production

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    Amy McGregor
    as Beth Cummings
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    Lois Mackie
    as Bess Walder

Reviews

“a piece of truly terrific theatre”

- British Theatre.com
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“Richly inventive and admirably challenging theatre for young people”

- The Stage
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“engaging and energetic”

- Entertainment Focus
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“the children in the audience were gripped”

- The State of the Arts

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

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*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.

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  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
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