The Coastguard’s Daughter

The Coastguard’s Daughter is based upon a true story of the previous inhabitants of my home and village in Cornwall. After hearing their story I could not let it go. I began working with a local historian and neighbour researching the story futher. After reading through NewsPaper articles, memoirs and military records, I began to write the tale of The Coastguard’s Daughter.

The Coastguard’s Daughter will be a lyrical theatre production based on the true story of the former residents of Pentewan Village, Cornwall during the First World War. It’s themes, exploring how the roles and rhythm of daily community life are shifted by war, are universal. The production centres around the McDiarmid Family. When Mr McDiarmid was called away to war, it was his wife and two teenage daughters who took up his mantle as the Coastguards of Pentewan harbour.

The Coastguard’s Daughter is a piece of original writing, told through lyrical performance and sea-shanty. By raising the money from Crowd Funder, I will use a Cornish Director Rosanna Elliot of Canvas Theatre, a local group of professional Shanty Singers Press Gang, involve more members of the community and a group of professional actors. The performances will take place in Pentewan Church – it’s first community event in 15 years. I aim to bring the community together and encourage the use of this building for the community. To share our stories, our history and our hearts.

The Coastguard’s Daughter from Olivia Lowry on Vimeo.

Olivia-LowryOlivia Lowry ~ Producer, Writer, Actor

I am a writer and performer from Cornwall. Despite being hopelessly dyslexic I studied for and completed my Master Degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol in Febuary 2015. After which I returned to Cornwall. By Spring 2015  I was working with and cast as ‘Rosie’ in Trebiggan Theatre Company’s production of Cider With Rosie. We performed to rave reviews at The Minack Theatre Cornwall.

At this time I also began to write as a Contributing Author for  Aliljoy is currently in the running for The Blog of The Year Awards. My article Picture Perfect Depression features as one of it’s two selected articles for the award.


Rosanna-ElliottDirector ~ Rosanna Elliott

Rosanna Elliott is a director with a passion for making theatre that engages new audiences and challenges our ideals as a society.

With a particular interest in set design and art history, Rosanna is currently exploring how theatre makers can engage with cutting edge design and technology in order to enhance the storytelling process in an accessible way. Working with her colleague Ciaran Clarke, she recently set up Canvas Theatre with this project in mind.

Rosanna has a lot of experience working with text and specialises in directing both adaptations of classic plays and new writing. This year she rdirected the Nick Darke adaptation of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie for Trebiggan productions at The Minack Theatre. The show consisted of a cast of six plus a live original score from the People’s String Foundation.

Rosanna has recently returned from working for the RSC as Assistant Director on a piece of New Writing in development as part of their project ‘The Other Place’. In 2014 she was Assistant Director on Headlong Theatre’s UK tour of 1984 created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. She also worked on Ria Parry’s The Girl Who Never Looked Up at the National Theatre Krietman Studio.


One Comment on “The Coastguard’s Daughter

  1. We saw you yesterday evening at Tywardreath and both of us were profoundly moved by the experience. Thank you, all.

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