‘Lifeboat’ at Cobham Heritage Day Finale

Cobham Village Hall

13th September, 2014 at 7 pm for 7.30 pm

Andy Newbold PhotographyWe have been asked by Cobham Conservation & Heritage  Trust  to present “Lifeboat” as the opening of the Finale to Cobham Heritage Day.

Lifeboat‘ is a moving story of survival following the sinking of an evacuation ship, the SS City of Benares by a U Boat in 1940.

After the interval Michael Rodd, formerly of BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, will chair a discussion on stage about the play and the relocation of children to America with Director, Rodney Pearson and the Cast, Millie hart and Samantha Myers.

We are delighted that  Michael Rodd,  Rodney Pearson, Millie Hart and Samantha Myers will be joined in the discussion by a Cobham resident who at the age of 10 was travelling on a sister ship at the time of the sinking of the SS City of Benares and who went on to spend four years in America before returning to the UK in 1944.

Performance Date: Saturday, 13th September

Venue: Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, KT11 2LU
Time: 7pm for 7.30 start
Tickets: £10 (including a pre-performance drink)
Box Office: The Cobham Book Shop, 12a, Anyards Road, Cobham. Tel: 01932 862903


Cobham Heritage Trust (Lifeboat), PO Box 335, Cobham KT11 9AY (please include a return stamped addressed envelope)

performances and an awards night featuring Sir Michael Caine“Lifeboat”, written by Nicola McCartney and directed by Rodney Pearson, is the moving story of two girls who clung for 19 hours to an upturned lifeboat after their evacuation ship, SS City of Benares, was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic in September 1940.

The girls willed each other to survive………..
Beth: We didn’t let go. Why didn’t we let go?
Bess: Well, we couldn’t give up, could we?
Beth: That’s right, we were not in the business of giving up.

It is a play for all ages and especially for anyone interested in the story of evacuees during World War II.

Cobham Players have presented ‘Lifeboat‘ several times. In 2010, we performed ‘Lifeboat‘ at the Leatherhead Drama Festival and the hard work and outstanding performances of the two actresses, Samantha Myers and Millie Hart, were rewarded with the Best Actress Award – which they won jointly. Also that year, our production of ‘Lifeboat’ won through to the Quarter Finals of the All England Drama Competition.



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