Royal nod of approval for new Grace Darling play

The letter received by Ed Waugh from Buckingham Palace.
The letter received by Ed Waugh from Buckingham Palace.

A new play about north Northumberland heroine Grace Darling has received a Royal seal of approval.

The writers of Amazing Grace, which will be performed throughout the North East this autumn starting at Alnwick Playhouse, were sent a letter of support from the Queen.

Her Majesty wrote to playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood to convey her interest and to wish everyone involved with the project ‘a most successful and enjoyable tour’.

Trevor said: “Obviously we’re absolutely delighted the Queen has expressed her support for the play.

“We were really keen to celebrate the life of Grace Darling and remind the world about the heroic and selfless rescue she and her lighthouse keeper father carried out on the Farne Islands during a storm in September 1838, when they rescued nine people stranded on Harcar Rock, a part of the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast.

“Grace was sent £50 by the young Queen Victoria and, after Victoria, became the best-known woman in the country.

“The present Queen is patron of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

“Given the subject matter, we were particularly keen to use the play to help the RNLI and at the end of the shows at each of the 10 venues there will be a collection for the magnificent work these selfless volunteers do.”

The three-week tour will have its world premiere at Alnwick Playhouse, the co-producer of the play, on Wednesday, October 17. For more information, visit www.edwaughandtrevorwood.co.uk