The story of our own North East heroine, ‘Amazing Grace’, will be brought to the stage by two of the region’s playwrights, Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.
Grace and her lighthouse keeper father rescued some of the passengers from the SS Forfarshire, on 7 September 1838, when it struck the notorious Harcar rocks, off the Farne Islands.
Queen Victoria sent £50 for Grace. This was administered by the Duke of Northumberland, and three bravery medals were awarded to her by three humane societies and the RNLI. After Victoria, Grace became the most well-known woman in 19th century Britain.
The play will tell the story of Grace Darling through the eyes of a modern day writer called Grace.
Trevor Wood explained, “It’s a funny, modern take on a wonderful story and will appeal to all ages. Grace was the first working class female celebrity – the Cheryl Cole of her time – and the play is a tribute to her achievement.’
The three-week north east tour will have its premier at Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October, evenings, and there will be a matinee on Thursday.