Mayflower Panto Trail 2017...
The Panto Project will not be running in this year, but rumour has it that Snow White is this year’s offering!
Robin Hood - Mayflower Panto Trail Project 2016
Participants in our Mayflower Panto Trail project enjoyed the rewards of attending the project, by visiting the Trail and Sir Harold Hillers Gardens in mid December on a warm, dry winter’s day. They also saw a matinee performance of Robin Hood at the Mayflower Theatre in early January and met some of the cast.
We were delighted to work with Chris Bennett as drama coach and public artist. He is an old friend of EBR MENCAP, having worked with us since 2006; he knows many of our participants well.
Funded by Grants for the Arts in 2016, it offered seven events with our partners at the Nuffield Theatre. Participants were able to learn about acting and the theatre with the opportunity to practice drama in workshops, see professional performances and what happens back stage.
Exploring Theatre Craft (Event 7)
Dancing the Death Drill - The Loss of SS Mendi
Our partnership with the Nuffield Theatre Southampton came to an end this July with our final event of the project, Exploring Theatre Craft. This project has run since 2016 and was funded by Grants for the Arts.
The fabulous Isango Ensemble...
We were very privileged to have a dance, singing and movement workshop with some of the cast of the show, Dancing the Death Drill. The cast were from Cape Town in South Africa and were members of the ISANGO Ensemble. They are the most fabulous dancers and singers!
We had a walk in Andrews Park behind the theatre after our workshop to cool down, then dinner at The Spitfire pub and we returned to the theatre to see our new friends performing in Dancing the Death Drill. This was a very touching show and has provided lots of discussion topics.
SHADOW FACTORY – ETC Event Six
On 21 February 2018, 26 people went to the new NST City Theatre in Southampton to see the new play, Shadow Factory.
Written by local playwright, Howard Brenton, the play is about the covert construction of the Spitfire in World War II after the Super Marine Factory at Woolston had been bombed.
Our event included a back stage and theatre tour, exhibition about the show, an hilarious drama workshop, pub dinner at The Spitfire pub nearby and the evening show.
Members loved the warm welcome from staff who they know well now. They were impressed by the design of the new theatre and creative spaces. Definitely a night for us to remember.
Exploring Theatre Craft (Event 5)
Pygmalion - Wednesday, 3 May 2017
One flower girl. Two experts. Free
Six months. Duchess required.
We have another evening visit to the Nuffield Theatre planned. This visit includes:
Essential carers will have free tickets to the show. Limited number of places, call 023 8048 3471 for details and to book. Payment required by April 21 to secure place.
Event 4 - The Puppets!
Our partnership with the Nuffield Theatre continued last month with a puppetry workshop using the puppets made by Jimmy Grimes of Warhorse fame.
Members of the group had a chance to make their own puppets but also to use the professionally made puppets which included the golden child in the photograph here but also birds, cats, a locust, snake, dog, and raven. All these puppets had moving parts and were incredibly life-like when manipulated.
Next event: end of April/May
Chinese Cultural Festival - 27 October 2017 - Pavilion on the Park
Starting, this time, with a traditional Dragon Dance! Performances and workshops will lead you on a lovely Chinese culgural Journey.
Please tell your friends about this great event! More details on the poster...
This annual project, a day of Chinese cultural workshops and performance art for disabled adults, is organised by the Confucious Institute at the University of Southampton. The performances include aditional Chinese Lion Dance Chinese music, folk dancing, a Chinese historical costume show, a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony followed by a variety of Chinese cultural workshop.
There are opportunities for people to try out paper cutting art, playing Mah Jong, lucky knot tying, dressing up in Chinese costumes, learning Mandarin, seeing the tea making ceremony and tasting Chinese food. The staff and students talk to everyone about their skills and talents, and many participants are keen to join in with the activities and often take souvenirs of the day away with them.