Morning Departure

by  Kenneth Woollard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  14m

A 1940 British naval drama about life aboard a sunken submarine.

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Morning Departure

by  Kenneth Woollard

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  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Subsequently made into a film starring John Mills and Richard Attenborough, and featuring the screen debut of Michael Caine, 'Morning Departure' is an engaging and heartfelt play about the lives of sailors trapped in thieir sunken submarine awaiting rescue. 
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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Partly inside the Submarine S.14 and partly in offices ashore on October 26th and 27th 1940.



Members of the Crew of the Submarine S.14:

Lt-Cdr Stanford D.S.O., R.N. (Captain of S.14)

Lt. Manson, R.N. (1st Officer)

Lt Oakley R.N.V.R (Navigation Officer)

Lt. McFee R.N.R. (Engineer Officer)

Petty Officer Barlow

Leading Seaman Hillbrook

Stoker Marks

Stokr Snipe

Able Seaman Higgins (Mess Orderly)

Members of the Shore Staff:

Commander Gates, R.N. ('N' Submarine Flotilla)

Commander Whately, R.N. (Salvage Depot, Devenport)

Captain Fenton, R.N.R. (Salvage Officer, S and S.E. Areas)

Captain Marshall, D.S.O., R.N. (D.N.S. Admiralty)

Brackley (Civilian clerk in D.N.S. Office)

Telephone Opperators (Day and Night)

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male



Kenneth Woollard

Kenneth Woollard

Produced by The Repertory Players at The Adelphi Theatre, London on 26th September 1946

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