In association with Merseyside Maritime Museum

lusitania: war at the mouth of the mersey

FROM JULY 2015

MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM

LUSITANIA: THE WAR AT THE MOUTH OF THE MERSEY

From July 2015

This is the second stage of our multi-year Lusitania project.

Five writers worked with Merseyside Maritime Museum to create a series of short audio plays to accompany their major new exhibition, Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

The idea was to reanimate five of the collection's highlights and, by doing so, reclaim the voices of those touched by Lucy's story.

You can visit the artefacts at Merseyside Maritime Museum right now.

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All plays recorded at World Museum Liverpool.

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool
(Stephen Guy) / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Albert Dock
Liverpool
L3 4AQ

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Lucy

by Kathryn Owens

"I held you between my forefingers and thumbs, and you quivered"

Inspired by a souvenir paper fan that was probably presented to a lady passenger at the Captain's Gala Night in Lusitania's ballroom. It contrasts the endurance of so perishable an item with the demise of so mighty a ship.

Performed by Iona Thonger
Produced by Christopher Johns
Directed by Chris Fittock

See the fan at:
Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Jewellery Box

by Rebecca Downing

"I opened it. It breathed. Memories came rushing out"

Inspired by a jewellery box owned by Margarita McCormac, a stewardess on board the Lusitania. A young visitor to the museum encounters its imaginitive power.

Performed by Iona Thonger
Produced by Christopher Johns
Directed by Chris Fittock

Learn more at:
Merseyside Maritime Museum

A Girl's Best Friend

by Nicola Borrows

"He had messed with the wrong lion"

Inspired by young Nancy Mildon's toy lion, Fido, who travelled with her across the Atlantic. She called him Fido because at first she thought he was a toy dog. A child's perspective of the transatlantic U-boat threat.

Performed by Kat Rose-Martin
Produced by Christopher Johns
Directed by Chris Fittock

Learn more at:
Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Story of Robert Leith

by Chelsea B. Bassnett

"The noise on board was so deafening now it reverberated off the walls"

Inspired by the story of Robert Leith, who was a telegraphist on board the Lustiania. He courageously continued to send out distress signals until the ship's last moments.

Performed by Philip McGuinness
Produced by Christopher Johns
Directed by Chris Fittock

Learn more at:
Merseyside Maritime Museum

Where Are You
Now?

by Sarah Van Parys

"Do you remember me?"

Inspired by the story of Joseph Parry, an Able Seaman in the Deck Department of Lusitania. He saved a lady passenger and her baby, and was later given one of the child's shoes, on the sole of which is inscribed "lest we forget". Here, Parry imagines what may have become of the baby in later years.

Performed by Philip McGuinness
Produced by Christopher Johns
Directed by Chris Fittock

See the shoe at:
Merseyside Maritime Museum

CAST :

Philip
McGuinness

Kat
Rose-Martin

Iona
Thonger