Help chart the Mayflower's history and legacy

Apr 18, 2019

Volunteers are being invited to help explore the history of the Mayflower in London and discover how it resonates with the community today.

Charting the Mayflower is a major cultural project culminating in a large scale public performance for the 400th anniversary of the famous voyage.

It is being run by the London Bubble Theatre in Southwark, who will open up powerful conversations about our roots and develop our knowledge of one of the most famous journeys in history.

The project begins with gathering stories, objects, facts and testimonies, both past and present about the Mayflower in the communities of North Southwark - the area of London where the Mayflower sailed from in 1620.

Charting the Mayflower

This will shape public workshops and events - a community inquiry - before a public performance involving staking out and packing the ship, performing the shanties and occupying the ship with passengers, plants, seeds and animals.

The London Bubble Theatre are currently looking for volunteers to help explore the history and contemporary resonances of the Mayflower, to share it with the wider community in North Southwark, where the ship departed from the river’s edge in Rotherhithe. 

Workshops run on Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm at Bubble HQ, SE16 4JD.
The summer term starts on 2nd May 2019 and will run until 18th July, with a break for half term on 30th May.

Bubble’s intergenerational, ‘vernacular theatre‘ projects bring together adults, children and artists of all ages to explore a theme or major world event.  These projects are open to all ages but children aged 11 and under should to be accompanied by an older member of their family.  There is no audition.

Organisers want to find out about the life and times of the passengers on board the Mayflower. Why did they leave? How did they travel? And how does this history relate to current stories of migration?

The Theatre wants to gather a wide a wide range of stories, objects, facts and testimonies, past and present. 

If you would you like to help, visit the Theatre's website or get in touch with Georgia by email or on 020 7237 4434.

The Deal

Saturday 18th May, 1-3pm
The Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HA

Join the London Bubble Theatre on Saturday, May 18th for our next Charting the Mayflower public event.

The Deal is an interactive research performance which will explore the motives of the Separatists (who formed the bulk of the passengers on the Mayflower), their negotiations with King James I, and the role of the City of London in the financing of the voyage. Get a sense of the powers at play during the birth of modern capitalism, and how the lure of money and desperation to start life anew in America were at the root of the modern myth of the Mayflower voyage, with the City of London and two of its’ significant churches as the backdrop.

We will start at the Dutch Church,  a site of refuge for protestant refugees in the Sixteenth century, before winding our way through small roads, squares and alleyways to arrive at All Hallows Church, the oldest church in the City of London.

Passamezzo, experts in sixteenth and seventeenth century music, will set the scene with songs and dances from the time. We hope you will join in!

All are welcome to this free event, although booking is required.
Please book your tickets using the form at the bottom of this page.

Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Both sites are fully accessible, but please note that there is a 15 minute walk between venues.

We would like to thank United Saint Saviours and the City of London Corporation for their support.

For booking, visit https://www.londonbubble.org.uk/project/the-deal/

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