FOR P5 - P7 PUPILS
Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set in World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship.
On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, 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 eleven of the evacuees survived.
Two fifteen-year-old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.
Lifeboat has been performed all over the world including the Sydney Opera House, New York and Los Angeles.
“heart-rending and evocative…an impeccable production” The Herald
“A wonderful live experience which captivated minds of all ages” Teacher P6
‘I can’t praise the production highly enough in all aspects. We were transported right from the start. It gave all the pupils a fantastic opportunity to see a first-rate live performance and raised awareness of set and space – fantastic!’ Teacher P7
Age suitability: P5 – P7
Audience size: 120
Running time: 70 mins
Space required: clear, flat hall, min 8m x 12m
Cost: £500 + VAT per day, two performances maximum
To book please contact: TISS@imaginate.org.uk
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
Teachers and children will enjoy the performance without prior knowledge of the story but the information packs below help teachers prepare and link to classroom plans.
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For two short films to show your class to prepare your class for a theatre experience in the school hall, one for you and one to show them, please see the RESOURCES section of our website.
curriculum for excellence
I can respond to the experience of drama by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work. EXA 0-15a / EXA 1-15a / EXA 2-15a / EXA 3-15a
I can analyse technical aspects of drama and scripts, make informed judgments and express considered opinions on my own and others’ work. EXA 4-15a
Health and Well Being
I am aware of how friendships are formed and that likes, dislikes, special qualities and needs can influence relationships. HWB 0-44a / HWB 1-44a
Presented by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Writer: Nicola McCartney
Director: Gill Robertson
Composer: Dave Trouton
Lighting Designer: Jeanine Davies
Designer & Costume Designer: Karen Tennent