A lifeboat-themed play called ‘Out of The Mist’ which was performed at Burnham-On-Sea’s Princess Theatre on Friday has been praised by the near-capacity audience.

Members of the BOSH Youth Theatre and Princess Theatre Company, assisted by RNLI supporters and local residents, brought the RNLI’s history to life in the stage play.

Featuring several local ‘celebrities’ in cameo roles, including Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Martin Cox, several scenes were specially adapted for the local version by playwright Alan Tyson.

There were also guest performers from Cheltenham and cameo roles from local RNLI volunteers and supporters. The play was also enhanced by audio-visual effects by Graham Cook of GC Sound & Light.

The audience were taken back in time, treated to a multitude of historic scenes, inspired by accurate dates and historic data, up to the present day RNLI that we know today.

Burnham’s Mayor Martin Cox said afterwards: “The Mayoress and I hugely enjoyed the performance on Friday night.”

“The characters seemed so real, and all the performances were superb! Arlene and I actually cried over the Penlee disaster and even with the beach scene – we had by then become very emotional.”

And playwright Alan Tyson, who was in the audience, added: “It was just brilliant in so many respects. The casting, the innovative interpretation of the script, the scene settings, Graham’s visuals and, of course, the acting. A great night for everyone – the RNLI has benefited financially and has made yet more supporters.”