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With Courage

Thu 19 Sep 2024

Anew musical about the lives and sacrifices of lifeboat communities. Supported by the RNLI as part of their 200th anniversary celebrations.

Two witnesses to a maritime disaster resolve to support the futures of the families of those lost, while a modern-day coxswain’s daughter grapples with her family’s long legacy of life-saving.

After the devastating loss of crews responding to the shipwreck of the Mexico off the coast of Southport in 1886, the Macaras launch their own mission with an initiative that will change the course of charity fundraising across the nation.

Newly qualified navigator, Shannon, feeling ever in the shadow of her station-legend dad, Eddie, awaits her chance to prove she has earnt her place on their lifeboat.

Centuries have passed, equipment evolved, but the courage remains the same. As a sinking yacht issues a desperate mayday call, and with time running out, Shannon faces the age-old question for mariners past:

How far will you go to save the life of a stranger?

WITH COURAGE is commissioned by PlayWell Productions with development supported by Arts Council England, Sylvia Waddilove Foundation, Lighthouse Poole, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Mercury Theatre, and Spun Glass Theatre. The show is premiering to coincide with the RNLI’s bicentenary.


Book, music & lyrics by Jon Hare

Direction by Charlotte Westenra

Musical Direction by Mary Erskine

Design by Anna Kelsey

Presented by PlayWell Productions

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Jon Hare

Writer, Composer & Lyricist

Charlotte Westenra

Director & Dramaturg

Mary Erskine

Musical Director

Anna Kelsey