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Canvas Theatre's The Coastguard's Daughter

A true story about the wife and daughters of a Cornish coastguard; when he left for World War I they stepped in to continue protecting their community and coastline. 

The Coastguard’s Daughter, performed by Canvas Theatre, brings together Cornwall’s past and present communities by uncovering this untold story of Cornish grit and perseverance with local actors, locations, musicians and sea shanties sung by local singing groups.

 

The Coastguard’s Daughter was written by Olivia Lowry who discovered that her Cornish home used to be the home of a coastguard. Digging deeper, she found the names of his wife and daughters and learned how they volunteered themselves to take over his role when he went away to war. Olivia has brought the memory of this family to life in the most beautiful way, her writing is enchanting and engaging with each character having their own distinct voice. Multi-talented Olivia also stars in the performance so keep an eye out for her on the stage too. 

Sea shanty singers, The Press Gang, performing in The Coastguard's Daughter with Canvas Theatre.

Alongside the story, the actual performance of The Coastguard’s Daughter unites Cornwall’s communities and locations. Each performance will be staged in a different location: one on a ship, another in a village hall, one in the National Maritime Museum, changing the ambience of the production each time. Enlisting the help of various sea shanty singing groups, Canvas Theatre weaves the influence of local maritime traditions throughout the play. You might even recognise the sea shanties performed! Each part of the overall performance brings together a part of Cornish history, tradition and place to tell this enthralling story in an artful way.

 

The culmination of all of this hard work earned The Coastguard’s Daughter three sell-out shows at Pentewan Church last year and now Canvas Theatre have returned to tour the show across the county, the perfect night out for your holiday in Cornwall.

 

Find out more and buy your tickets here.

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