Queen’s College has just been awarded the RNLI’s Youth Supporter Award 2012. At a ceremony held at the Barbican in London on May 17th, Head of Performing Arts at Queen’s College, Steve Evans picked up the award on behalf of the cast and production team of ‘Storm Boy’, a play written and directed by Steve and inspired by the extraordinary lifeboat rescue in 1899, known as the Lynmouth ‘overland’ launch.
The play ran for three sell-out nights at Queen’s and a charity walk retracing the route to the lifeboat haul from Lynmouth to Porlock Weir raised in excess of £2,000.
The following extract is taken from the RNLI Awards Programme:
With Queen’s College being close to the location of the Lynmouth ‘overland’ launch of 1899, Steve Evans incorporated this true story into a play called ‘Storm Boy’. Ahead of the play, which linked key themes of the sea, lifeboats, sea shanties, folk music and dance, students organised and took part in a sponsored walk from Lynmouth to Porlock Weir re-enacting the historic route of the launch. The students raised a fantastic £2,193.90.