True story of WWII submarine HMS Ursula in new drama at The Playhouse

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A new local play telling the true story of the submarine that fired the first British torpedoes of the Second World War will come to The Playhouse this month.

British U-class submarine HMS Ursula fired the first torpedoes of the war when attacking the German U-Boat U-35 in 1939.

HMS Ursula captain Richard Barklie Lakin’s final naval mission of the war was to help deal with German U-Boats when they surrendered at Lisahally in Derry.

‘HMS Ursula’ follows on from the success of ‘Gregory’s A-maze-ing Brew Shop’ by Gregory Peck at The Playhouse in June 2011.

The emerging local playwright will also direct the play, which runs at The Playhouse from Thursday June 28 to Saturday June 30.

A one-off extra date has also been added to the The Playhouse run on Tuesday July 3 at 8pm as part of the celebrations for the Clipper team arriving in the city.

“I really wanted the audience to feel like they were travelling with the crew on board the WWII submarine Ursula” Gregory Peck said.

“I wanted them to experience the fear and tension during attacks on German U-Boats, war ships and cargo ships and feel the terror while depth chargers explode and torpedoes come racing towards them”

‘HMS Ursula’ will run at The Playhouse from Thursday June 28 to Saturday June 30, with an extra date on Tuesday July 3 at 8pm. Tickets are £10/£8 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or online at