The Dana Center for the Humanities

Performing arts for New Hampshire

Event Details

Friday, April 24, 2015 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
click to go to educationElementary School Matinee Performances
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Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Edinburgh, Scotland

Heart rending and evocative!an impeccable production.The Herald

On September 13, 1940, The City Of Benares set sail from Liverpool, England carrying a cargo of British wartime evacuees that included ninety children destined for Canada. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, and sank. There were only thirteen survivors. Among them: fifteen year old Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, who clung to an overturned lifeboat for nineteen harrowing hours, willing each other to live. Bess, a comfortably middle-class London girl, and Beth, the child of a widowed working-class mother in Liverpool, had nothing in common but a passion for The Wizard Of Oz. Their ordeal eliminated all differences, unlocked huge reserves of courage and humanity, and forged a lifelong friendship. Director Gill Robertson's multi-award winning Catherine Wheels Theatre Company is recognized worldwide for intelligent programming that uses extraordinary storytelling, the skills of two actors, and evocative abstract staging to examine humanity's largest themes through children's eyes. Transcending disaster and despair, Nicola McCartney's Lifeboat is ultimately a story of courage, hope, and love; a soaring testament to all that is best in humanity. Best for Grade 3 and up; talk-backs with the cast after each riveting performance.