Voices Beneath the Waves

Voices Beneath the Waves

In memory of Sarah Goodall, who sadly passed away on 1st April 2023, BATS invites you to listen to Voices Beneath the Waves. An audio play written and directed by Sarah Goodall, for BATS, during the lockdown and pandemic.

Sarah is remembered for her enthusiasm, talent, and generous creativity and most of all being a fun member of our team.  Sarah joined BATS in 2018 helping with front of house, marketing, props and prompt for our play Hi-de-Hi. Her acting roles include Mrs Prosser in Dads Army, and Mrs Finley in the Weekend, but unfortunately COVID halted that production.

Keen to deliver something of value to our audiences during lockdown and the pandemic, Sarah wrote and directed for BATS the audio play Voices Beneath the Waves. We recorded most of it on zoom and our iPads/mobile phones and the background “ chatter” was done socially distanced in the pouring rain. To keep us from the sin of idleness she also worked with us on our improvising skills via zoom (hilarious), and together we produced the audio play. 

Sarah created a sensitive and interesting play about a serious subject reflecting her enthusiasm for seeking out the truth and her wish to mark the loss of those who lost their lives in such a dreadful way.  Drawing on her journalistic background with a keen eye for detail she so accurately researched those people involved, the subsequent court martial and the brutal history of press gangs in Bristol and elsewhere. Her enthusiasm was infectious, and I think in those dark COVID days doing ‘Voices’ was something that all of us found uplifting and good for our troubled souls.  

Sarah wrote the play so that the story would be told and those who perished in the shipwreck would not be forgotten. The play lives on, and Sarah will also not be forgotten.   


Voices Beneath the Waves  runs for 45 minutes and was originally released on 28th November 2020.  To listen to this play please use the following link to our website:
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Voices Beneath the Waves was written by one of our own members, Sarah Goodall, and can be played, or downloaded. The production is based on the true story of the shipwreck of The Caesar in a cleft in the rocks at Pwll Du Head in 1760. 

We hope you’ll enjoy this alternative BATS performance. Click on the play button below. To download the file click here and then right click and save the file.

We are also grateful to Oystermouth Radio for broadcasting this audio play on their community radio station. Please do leave us some feedback by emailing us on batsinfo@batsgower.co.uk or contact us on our Facebook page or tweet us on Twitter

A huge congratulations was conveyed to Sarah Goodall, who was responsible for writing and directing the audio play. The success of the production began with her inspiration and hard work for this historical project which was brought to life.


Just to say how much we enjoyed this performance, we were totally unaware this had happened, and it made a refreshing change to listen rather than stare at the box! Thank you BATS.

It was so good to hear familiar voices. A great production covering a local event. They will not be forgotten. Wishing you all every success in your next endeavor. We’ve missed you. Kind regards Jan. 

I’ve just listened to Beneath the Waves. What an amazing piece of work! I couldn’t put it down. Congratulations on a worthy production in memory of this tragic event. Thanks, Mary.

Thoroughly enjoyed Voices beneath the Waves which incidentally made me aware for the first time of this tragic wreck and the aftermath. It would be good if some tangible memorial could be created to commemorate this loss and inform locals and others about a significant event in the history of Gower and the Bristol Channel , not to mention naval history!

Very well done to the BATS team, Mike & I really enjoyed the production, it seemed very professional. The accents, the background noises and the sound effects were very good. We look forward to your next live production in 2021.

Excellent..great production…really enjoyed the sound effects……I will circulate to our book club here in Essex. Mel. 

BATS production terrific. Really enjoyed. Anne. 

Thank you so much for all your efforts. Alan and Suzanne. 

Listened last night. Verry good and interesting. Well done. Jen.