- Venue: Barber Studio
- Duration: 70 minutes
- Age Guidance: 8+
More Information on Lifeboat (2017)
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
as Beth Cummings
as Bess Walder
“ a piece of truly terrific theatre”
“ Richly inventive and admirably challenging theatre for young people”
“ engaging and energetic”
“ the children in the audience were gripped”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/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
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance