Share Your Story with Us
About the project
Generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is to create a living story which will culminate in a new interactive digitised archive, filmed interviews and displays in the theatre. We want to engage people of all ages to discover the stories of anybody who has visited throughout our history. The project is running for 12 months.
This is a call to everyone to join us and let us know your story whether it’s from many years ago or your first visit to us recently. Mayflower Theatre is at the heart of our community and this project enables us to record and celebrate our rich history.
We are also collecting archive materials - if you have anything you'd like to donate, please let us know by completing this form.DONATE ARCHIVE MATERIALS
A group of 30 young people are joining the project to conduct filmed interviews with people within the Southampton community of all ages. They will be assisted by local community media group City Eye, who recently helped students document the Mayflower Theatre Summer Youth Project.
We have a wealth of posters and programmes and are currently looking for people to help us sort out and catalogue are archive material. If you are interested and can spare some time on a regular basis please do let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 19 November, young people participating in this project interviewed members of the public who have submitted stories via the online form and at our Open Day, and audience members of all ages for Wind in the Willows; this footage will be included in our new film.
Ms Dorothy Heard, now living in Australia, contacted us and we have received diary entries from her late husband Dennis Heard who started working at the Empire in 1942 aged 14 years old. Dorothy was an usherette at the Empire where they met and were married for 65 years. The diary entries include accounts of ‘secret’ war time D Day briefings for troops and blackouts. Dorothy has kindly sent copies of two photos of her husband, herself and colleagues (below) on the roof which was ‘set out as the bridge of a ship with a wheel house complete with steering wheel and around the railings life buoys from all the pre-war liners’.
"I will always remember where I was on Decimal Day, 15th February 1971. I was up in the "Gods" at the Gaumont with some friends. We had a great evening seeing Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. At the interval we all bought the usual ice creams and I believe it was the first time I had purchased anything with the new decimal coins. A great show & a night I will always remember for more than one reason." – Brain Smith
"The excitement of seeing The Beatles live at The Gaumont. My Dad got up early and posted a request for tickets under the door on the way to work. My sister and I were over the moon when the tickets arrived. We sat amidst the screaming girls in our Beatles' jumpers (home made) longing to be able to hear the Fab Four deliver their wonderful music. I remember clinging to the railings outside afterwards, not wanting to leave my beloved heroes. Their music made our adolescence not only bearable but took it to a level that would last a lifetime. I am eternally grateful." – Beverley Rose
"I am Chloe and I am 9 years old. And when I was a bit younger I came here to watch Peppa Pig, and it was really good. It made me want to come to the Mayflower again and again and again." - Chloe