An original play with songs and narrative focussing on the Mayflower’s stay in Dartmouth, to be performed and sung by local people in Dartmouth and touring neighbouring venues during 2020.
Written by Derek Parsons and Keith Myerson.
“The Master of the Speedwell says that she has sprung a leak.
Asking ‘Can we fix her?’, Shipyard says ‘- will be a week.’
The Passengers were needing air and starting to freak.
We’re like; ‘Happy to oblige you’
But berthed ’em up Mill Creek!”
Through song, narration and maybe playlets and dance, the characters involved in this epic story of hardship and adventure are brought to life, together with Dartmouth’s little known role in the Mayflower saga. Through experience, the voyagers learn that when faced with hard challenges, the only way forward is to put aside their differences, emphasise their common aims and all pull together towards their ultimate survival.
The play legacy
With intolerance and racial bigotry rising, an unequal distribution of wealth and power and an increasingly polarised world order, are things really so different now? That invaluable lesson remains relevant for us all today, and we think it needs to be out there, big bright and bold
That’s the aim of our production, and we want it to be informative and above all entertaining.
This is a community project for people of all ages and all abilities who, perhaps, have never explored the realms of creative theatre teamwork!
We would hope to use any proceeds from the production for the recording some of the excellent songs and publishing the script for future performances in schools & theatre company production .
Details of performances and booking forms will be published on the Events page when they are available.