A COLLECTION will be held for Hartlepool’s lifeboat service when a new play about a sea rescue heroine comes to town.
Audiences will be asked to dig deep for the life-saving volunteer service during Amazing Grace which comes to the Town Hall Theatre later this month.
The play has been written by former Hartlepool Power Station worker Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.
It is inspired by the story of Grace Darling who helped rescue nine people after a ship crashed into rocks on the Northumberland coast in 1838.
Grace became one of the most famous women in the country of the period.
The play recounts the story through the eyes of a modern-day writer who wants to make a film about her.
Malcolm Wallis, of Hartlepool RNLI, joined writer Ed Waugh in Hartlepool to help to promote the show.
Ed said: “We’ve played the biggest theatres in the region but I always wanted to bring one of our plays to Hartlepool.
“It’s a funny, modern take on a wonderful story and will appeal to everyone aged from 13 to 113.
“Grace was the first working-class female celebrity and the play is a tribute to her achievement.”
Amazing Grace is on for one night only at the Town Hall Theatre, Raby Road, on Friday, October 26.
For ticket details contact the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.