A play telling the true story of the original Brixham Trawler Provident’s involvement in the First World War is being performed in Devon next year.
The Provident, by the South Devon Players, will look at the morning of January 1st 1915 and the heroic saving of 72 shipwrecked Royal Navy sailors from HMS Formidable — the first British battleship to be torpedoed by a German submarine during World War One.
Whilst preparing to fish in the Channel, Provident’s skipper, William Pillar, noticed a life craft adrift in heavy seas. Following a four hour struggle in a force 10 gale Pillar and his crew managed to get alongside and rescue the otherwise doomed sailors and bring them back to the safety of Brixham.
The rescue made national and international news bringing fame to the town. The crew were awarded medals by King George V in Buckingham Palace.
The play will be performed at Brixham Theatre, in New Road, over the weekend of Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28.
The box office is manned by volunteers and is open on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon.
Messages regarding tickets can be left on the box office phone number 01803 882717.Tickets are £2 for adults and 50p for children.