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Storm Boy – A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love, and Loyalty

a play with music

by Steve Eaton Evans with Tim Laycock

(Perfect for all theatres, professional, amateur and educational.)

One of the finest true stories to come out of the lives of the Life Boat Crews in the southwest corner of England: Lynmouth in Devon. Set in 1899, the play is inspired by the famous “Overland Launch” of the Lynmouth Life Boat, which was dragged in a terrible storm by its crew for 14 miles over Exmoor to launch at the more sheltered Porlock Weir. This award-winning play has a variety of lively and sombre songs, from haunting sea chanties to Exmoor folk songs, that punctuate the comic and tragic moments of this inspiring story. Twin brothers, Alfie and William Teale, have grown up wanting nothing more than to become lifeboat men. As they near their 16th birthdays, William gets his dream; for, you see, Alfie, because he had suffered some brain damage at birth, is judged too ‘simple’ by the Life Boat Captain. Storm Boy is the moving tale of Alfie’s struggle to be treated with fairness and equality in a harsh Victorian world. Then in a moment of crisis at sea, with William on a ship floundering and about to sink, all the lifeboat men – including a newly conscripted Alfie – risk life and limb in a fourteen mile trek across Exmoor in order to rescue the men of William’s stricken ship in The Bristol Channel, off the West coast of England. The final moments of this play will tear your heart out as the brothers make a decision that endangers them both.


PLAY DETAILS:

  • 20 M 12F + villagers (Some doubling possible)
  • Simple 1890s costumes
  • Unit Set (design package available)
  • ORDER #3213

Available for licensing immediately. Rehearsal/Performance materials will be available in October 2017.


PERUSAL MATERIALS

PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: SOON

DEMO SONGS:  mp3 demo of the songs (SOON) The videos below show the beginnings of each act of the play. Some of the songs that appeared in the videos of the original show were a ‘one-time use’ rights grant and are being replaced with an original score by the show’s music director/arranger/composer, Tim Laycock.

ACT ONE

  • #1 – Title of new song yet to be determined (Evans/Laycock)
  • #2 – Bring Out The Lifeboat (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #3 – God Bless Us Everyone (Evans/Laycock)
  • #4 – Lynmouth Fair Song (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #5 – Don’t Pull On The Rope (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #6 – A Little Talk With Jesus (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)

INTERVAL
ACT TWO

  • #7 – Brightly Beams (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #8 – Trim Your Feeble Lamp (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #9 – The Larks They Sang Melodious (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #10 – The Lifeboat Girl (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #11 – No Title Yet (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #12 – No Title Yet (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #13 – Title of new song yet to be determined (Evans/Laycock)
  • #14 – Title of new song yet to be determined (reprise) (Evans/Laycock)
  • #15 — Title of new song yet to be determined (Evans/Laycock)
  • #16 – Lynmouth Lifeboat Song (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #17 – Home From The Sea (Traditional. Arrangement by Laycock)
  • #18 – Title of new song yet to be determined (Evans/Laycock)

Here is the beginning of Act One in a video posted on YouTube from the original production includes the song,”Come All You No Hopers”:

Here is the beginning of Act Two in a video posted on YouTube from the original production, Includes the song, “Brightly Beams”:


REHEARSAL MATERIALS

Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Before we ship any rehearsal material we will need your performance dates, the name of your organization and the theatre where you will perform.

Email us prior to your order so we have the info to give you a complete quote. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

      • DEMO CD — Order #3213f : $6.00 (including shipping and sales tax, will be shipped by Media Mail) BUTTON SOON
      • Script in PDF format — Order #3213a : $20.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to print copies for your production) BUTTON SOON
      • Vocal Book in PDF format — Order #3213b : $15.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to print copies for your production) BUTTON SOON
      • Piano-Vocal Score in PDF format — Order #3213c : $25.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to print copies for your production) BUTTON SOON
      • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3213d : (will be quoted upon application, send email with your info, or use the License Application below)
      • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3213e : (will be quoted upon application, send email with your info, or use the License Application below)
      • PerformanceTraks — Order #3213j$75.00  — CD or digital transfer to you. BUTTON SOON
      • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
      • Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.

PRODUCTIONS:

  • Premiered by Drama Department of Queens College-Taunton, UK — 2016

PHOTOS from the Queens College-Taunton production:

The original cast won an award from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for the production of the play, and they went to The Barbican Centre in London to receive it!


BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
Storm Boy

A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love and Loyalty

Book and Lyrics by
Steve Eaton Evans

Music and Lyrics by

Tim Laycock

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

Storm Boy – A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love and Loyalty” is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


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