Latest news: updated 19/03/2020
It is with regret that we have to confirm that due to closure of the Red House Museum and Gardens until the 5th April 2020 at the earliest, we are postponing the performances that we had planned for the 4th April.
The measures now in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will have a significant impact on Made By Katie Green's/The Imagination Museum's work for a time, but we will aim to reschedule all planned activity where possible and when safe to do so. Visit https://imaginationmuseum.co.uk/ or https://madebykatiegreen.co.uk/ to find out more about our projects, and please, where you might otherwise have made a donation when attending one of our performances, do consider making a contribution to the company's work via https://madebykatiegreen.co.uk/support to help us continue the work we do in museums, heritage sites, libraries, galleries and other unusual performance spaces. Take care of each other and thank you for your support.
On the 4th April 2020, we will be performing The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 at Red House Museum and Gardens (Quay Rd, Christchurch BH23 1BU).
Performance times 11.30, 1 and 3pm.
Free to attend, drop-in event.
Suitable for all ages. The performances will be repeated throughout the day and will last about 40 minutes; join us afterwards for a free tea/coffee and craft activities for children and families.
This will be the third of a series of events taking place with Hampshire Cultural Trust venues (also in Fareham and Aldershot), as our project moves on from the Pilgrim Roots areas of Lincolnshire and North Nottinghamshire, and to the area which is closer to Southampton. This is where the Mayflower (which had travelled from Rotherhithe in London) met the Speedwell (carrying passengers who had travelled from Leiden, Holland). The passengers from both ships would ultimately be forced together onto the Mayflower at Plymouth when the Speedwell continued to take on water and had to be abandoned.
About the piece:
In 1620, a small group of men, women and children from Hampshire and Surrey were on a ship called the Mayflower with others from across the country when it undertook a historic journey from England to America lasting 66 days.
In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, 3 dancers will use movement, text and music to look at what it was like to make that journey, as well as thinking about the other sea journeys undertaken from the coast near the museum, including from Hengistbury Head since the Iron Age, and other men, women and children who have made their own brave and pioneering journeys from or to Hampshire and Dorset in the 400 years since the Mayflower set sail.
We will think about what it's like to embark on a dangerous journey and what it's like to be left behind. We’ll reflect on the strength of human determination in the face of adversity, in the light of the Red House Museum’s heritage as a workhouse.
Playful, imaginative and moving, The Imagination Museum is a performance about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do.
“I thought it was fabulous, really moving”
“unique, engaging, thought-provoking”
“enjoyable, different, innovative” (Audience feedback from 2019)
The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project brings to life museum collections, heritage sites, historical stories and themes through fun and engaging dance performances and workshops. It draws on the historic story of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America, and will begin in Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire, travel via Hampshire and Dorset and culminate in Plymouth. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth in September 1620, and the 400th anniversary will be commemorated nationwide in 2020.
The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project is produced by Made By Katie Green , supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils, Pavilion Dance South West, the Surf the Wave programme and The Charter Trustees of East Retford and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.
For more information about the national Mayflower 400 commemoration, please visit: http://www.mayflower400uk.org/
Directed by Katie Green
Choreographed and performed by: Megan Griffiths, Alice Shepperson, Lucy Starkey
Writing: Anna Selby
Composition: Max Perryment
Costume design: Anna Crilly and Berit Laageide
Dramaturg: Tom Cornford
With special thanks to those who have supported The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project through our Crowdfunding campaign: Kate McStraw, Sarah Blanc, Mike Gould, Ceri Brierley, Claire Morton, Joe Bates, Owen Benson, Ness Starkey, Nic Johns, Elsa Urmston, Elaine Knight, Fiona Griffiths, Heather Sabel, Sally Lewis, Samantha McDonald-Elliott, KJ Lawson-Mortimer, Emma McFarland, Gemma Ward, Amy O'Sullivan, Hannah Shimko, Emma Bouch, Bronwen Russell, Kane John Mills, Dani B Larsen, Jill Brown, Danielle Teale, Neil and Ann Bates, Simon Douglas, Lisa Bee, Liam Riddick, James Cousins and to our contributors who chose to remain anonymous.