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  • July 2016
    Mayflower Theatre hosts Inaugural Fundraising Gala Dinner

    The shining stars of Southampton businesses were out last night attending the inaugural Mayflower Theatre charity Centre Stage Gala Dinner. The event was raising valuable funds for the theatre’s community and education activity, Engage.

    An exquisite three course dinner created by the theatre’s restaurant, Ovation was held on Mayflower Theatre's stage with guests enjoying the unique view that a performer has looking out towards the auditorium. Each table was inspired by a character from musicals which have graced that very stage. The guests were entertained by singers and musicians from iconic West End musicals. In addition to the meal and entertainment there was a silent and live auction to bid on money-can’t-buy experiences including a Meet & Greet with Beverly Knight, Golf and Spa Packages, tickets to Cinderella at London Palladium, a pantomime walk on experience and an array of theatre experiences.

    Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive said, “The future of theatre is at the heart of what we do. Our Engage programme is key to reaching out to our community and giving young people opportunities to experience live theatre for themselves. It is fantastic that so many local companies wanted to support this fundraising event by attending or contributing to the evening and my thanks go to all involved in making the event such a success.” 

    Since its inception in 2013, Mayflower Engage has partnered with over 74,000 people through workshops, events, projects and performances. Last year alone over 30,000 people took part in a Mayflower Engage activity –which aims to aid personal development through a programme of events and offer opportunities for individuals to gain life skills, improve their confidence, meet new friends and become our future performers and audiences.

    Young performers Georgia Carr and George Shrapnell who have both been participants in Mayflower Engage’s Summer Youth Projects also entertained the guests performing a number from a previous Youth production. Georgia said of her experience, “Getting involved with Mayflower Engage has been one of the best things to happen to me. I have had the chance to work with an amazing professional team and meet other young people who share my passion for performance. I am now training in musical theatre and hope to return to the stage of Mayflower theatre one day as a professional”.

    Mayflower Theatre is a Charitable Trust and all the funds raised through the Gala Dinner will be used to further the theatre’s community and education programme, Mayflower Engage. The theatre’s Engage activities include school workshops, youth theatre groups, an annual Summer Youth Project and presenting “relaxed performances” for people on the autistic spectrum and other sensory sensitivities. The theatre is looking for local companies to get involved in partnering our youth activities. For more information please contact Jenny Boland, Fundraising Manager on 02380 711834.

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    January 2016
    New partnership hits the ground running

    Mayflower Theatre has joined forces with the ABP Southampton Half Marathon in a brand-new partnership that will benefit thousands of people.

    The ABP Southampton Half Marathon has stepped on board as the local sponsor of the theatre’s forthcoming production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The partnership will allow the race organisers to raise awareness of new additions to next year’s sporting event – a family fun run and a schools challenge.

    And as well as throwing its weight behind the show, the ABP Southampton Half Marathon is offering customers of Mayflower Theatre discounted entry into the 2016 event.

    Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and this latest union is an example of how our corporate partnerships benefit everyone involved. Just like the theatre, the ABP Southampton Half Marathon brings people together and plays an important part in the community. We hope the discounted entry will encourage our customers to take on a new challenge in 2016 and sign up for the run.”

    Chris Rees, race director for the ABP Southampton Half Marathon, added: “Our sponsorship of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will allow us to promote these great new additions to the event to thousands of people. We are delighted to give something back to Mayflower Theatre and its customers by providing discounted entry for those signing up to next year’s run.”

    Open for all ages, the family fun run is a brand-new addition to the ABP Southampton Half Marathon. The mile-long run is open to anyone aged two or over and takes place at 4pm on April 23. The schools challenge, which will see children aged 8 to 15 from local schools compete against one another, takes place on the same day at 3pm.

    Theatre-goers who take part in the ABP Southampton Half Marathon in 2016 will be in good company. A number of staff from
    Mayflower Theatre are lacing up their trainers to take part and their colleagues will form a Mayflower Theatre ‘cheering point’
    along the route to provide motivation to runners.

    Mayflower staff will be running to raise money for Mayflower Engage, the community and education department of the Theatre. All donations will fund relaxed performances; especially adapted performances designed to welcome people into the theatre who might benefit from a more relaxed environment, including people on the autism spectrum.

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