In 2020 it will be the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship's journey to the New World.
Be transported back to Southampton in 1620 as you enter the big top to watch Mayflower: Journey of Hope.
This production will focus on the Settlers, the Separatists, the Sailors and Servants and how their stories cross over as they set to embark on this journey of discovery to a brave new world.
Using drama, music, dance and creative technology we will tell the story of the Mayflower ship and its pioneering passengers as they set sail from Southampton.
E-Quip has a history of putting on large scale productions. We seek to use the performing arts to engage with people from all walks of life. We look to draw people together and provide opportunities for those who ordinarily may not get the chance to be part of the arts, learning new skills and growing in confidence along the way. We work with schools and community groups, churches and other Christian organisations. We seek to use the performing arts to raise self esteem and build confidence in individuals and our goal is to enable grounded birds to fly.
We are in talks with Southampton City Council to put on a huge show to commemorate this landmark journey.
The show will engage thousands of people locally with hundreds directly involved in the production.
This production will improve the lives of our amateur cast by teaching them new skills and developing their confidence. When working with casts for these sorts of productions we see a lot of new friendships formed and people grow in confidence. It will also expose the wider community to the arts, teaching them about the history of our city.
What we will do with the funding?
As you can imagine, writing, planning, rehearsing and putting on large scale productions such as these takes a lot of time, effort and expense.
Our shows typically engage 200 members of cast and crew and well over 5,000 hours of writing, planning and rehearsing goes into them. Without the support of people who are passionate about the arts we could not put on our productions.
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