GRACE DARLING was born in the village of Bamburgh on 24th November 1815 and died of consumption (tuberculosis) in her father's arms at the early age of 27 years..

 

      In September 1838  with her lighthouse keeper father William  they rowed out in a North Sea gale to rescue 9 survivors from the paddle steamer 'The Forfarshire' For this heroic act, she became known as  'The heroine of the Farne Islands' thus becoming a Victorian celebrity, receiving many plaudits and honours as well as having many portraits painted  by well known artists plus one by an  'Artist Anon' and I've used this small fact as the root of my story.

MUSICAL NUMBERS

 * 1.  Overture

   2.   Be Fishermen

   3.   Keeper of the Light

   4.   Who'll Buy My Fish

   5.   Kittens & Kings

   6.   Springtime

   7.   Maypole Dance

   8.   Take One Girl

   9.    Melody

  10.  How Can I Tell

   11.  It's Over My Head

  12.  Reminiscing

* 13.  Only The Sea

  14.  For One Moment

  15.  I Care Nothing for Fame

* 16.  Man of my Dreams

* 17.  In Your Shadow

  16.   Finale (reprise)

THE PLAYERS

THE PLAYERS

 

THE DARLING FAMILY:

WILLIAM   (Father)

THOMASI  (mother)

GRACE @ 11 yrs

GRACE  (adulthood)

ELIZABETH @ 14 yrs

ELIZABETH  (adulthood)

ROBIN - WILLIAM - JOB

THOMASIN - MARY ANN

GEORGE - WILLIAM (2)

THE OTHER MAIN CHARACTERS.

JOSEPH SWAN @ 12yrs

JOSEPH SWAN (adult)

ANNIE SWAN (Joe.s mother)

The Forfarshire Survivors

The Bamburgh Fishermen

The  Women of Bamburgh

+ Members of the Chorus

 SYNOPSIS

    Even though Grace achieved world wide recognition, in actual fact she seemed to be a very introvert character and spent most of her short life working with the family on the Longstone'.


      In writing this musical on the life and times of this young woman,  I've taken some poetic license based on a newspaper cutting in the obituary of her death in 1842 stating, 'A young unknown man but thought to be called 'George' (a portrait painter), walked in the cortege.' 


   As little is known of Grace's private life,  I've used this scant information to write a fictitious love story as  I'm pretty sure she must have had friendly relationships with both sexes on the mainland and was thought to have corresponded with the mysterious 'George'?

   Of course my story is centred around the famous rescue and also  illustrates how the media of the times were just as  voracious in pursuit of a 'headline' as they are today.  William Darling wrote in his memoirs that "It was fame that eventually brought about her demise.

      “SOME  THINGS NEVER CHANGE!"

Order Reference Numbers:

DAW 27O9367 & 8

Total Price: £60.00

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Preview of the text layout and piano/vocal score 

Running time

150 mins approx