3 dancers performing The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 on the waterfront in Southampton

26th November 2019

The Imagination Museum:

Mayflower 400 Retford Town Hall

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Celebration Performances at Retford Town Hall

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On 26th November 2019, we will be hosting very special Celebration Performances of The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, welcoming:

  • the children of Ordsall Primary School
  • year 9 dancers from Elizabethan Academy
  • the Retford Community Singers (directed by Janet Wood) 
  • local artists Emma Bouch, Amy O'Sullivan and Alice Shepperson

to join company dancers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths and Lucy Starkey for our penultimate performances in the Pilgrim Roots region.

At Retford Town Hall, 17 The Square, Retford DN22 6DE

Performances at 5pm and 6.30pm.

The event is free, but booking is essential as tickets will not be available on the door: ticket booking link and information is available here.

More information about tickets:

  • Tickets will first be available to parents/guardians/friends/families of the participants from the 4th November 2019. 
  • If you are a participant, you will need a code when you are booking which you can get from your teacher or group leader. 
  • Please note that tickets will be limited to 2 per participant, with a waiting list for any unallocated tickets (more details are available via the ticket booking link). 
  • Please use the name of the participant you are coming to support when you make your booking so that we can check who has claimed their ticket allocation. 
  • One week prior to the performance, tickets will be released for booking by the general public, so book as soon as you can to make sure that there is space left for the performance slot that you want!

About the piece:

In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, 3 eccentric tour guides will lead you on a danced history tour, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for many of the passengers who undertook a historic journey from England to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

Playful, imaginative and moving, The Imagination Museum is a performance about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do.

"Awesome, grinned from ear to ear all the way through" (Audience member)

Suitable for all ages. The performance will last about 45 minutes.

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 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 and Bassetlaw District Councils (including a contribution of Divisional Funding from Cllr Mike Quigley MBE and Cllr Susan Shaw), The Charter Trustees of East Retford and the Surf the Wave programme, 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/

Performance credits

Directed by Katie Green

Choreographed and performed by: Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey and local artists Emma Bouch, Amy O'Sullivan, Alice Shepperson

From Ordsall Primary School: to be updated

From Elizabethan Academy: to be updated

From Retford Community Singers: to be updated

Other local contributors: Rachel Carter, Veronica Eden, Michael Keeble, Rachel Martel   

Writing: Anna Selby

Composition: Max Perryment

Musical direction for Retford Community Singers: Janet Wood

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.

Retford Town Hall


17 The Square
DN22 6DE


Free to attend, but donations welcome.

Tickets available from



26th November 2019

5 and 6.30pm