We love projects here and there’s nothing better than seeing a group of people work together on creating, devising, making and learning new skills and developing ones they already have. We’ve worked closely with many different arts and non-arts organisations since the department opened back in 2013 and every year we look forward to developing our relationship with new and existing partners whilst delivering short and long term projects for the community.

Community and Youth First Nights

Community First Nights is a scheme for groups who do not ordinarily attend the theatre to get them involved with us. If you know of a group who fit this criteria applications can be made by contacting us.

Youth First Nights is a discount scheme open to Youth Members.

Tickets are available under this scheme for £5 each (max 4 tickets per youth member). Available on the following performances:

  • The Addams Family - 18 July at 7.30pm
  • Stomp - 16 August at 8.00pm
  • Dreamboats and Petticoats - 22 August at 7.30pm
  • Flashdance - 6 September at 7.30pm

Current Projects

My Story

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.

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Young people taking part in a workshop. Welsh National Opera logo.

Opera Engage

Opera Engage is a project that aims to involve youth in the community in the complete creative process of opera. Writing, composing, music, singing and performance is used as a source of and vehicle for creating co-creation and community collaboration. With storytelling and music at the core of Opera Engage, young people find an outlet for expression through opera. This will be facilitated by a professional creative team and singers / players.

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Previous Projects

Summer Youth Dance Project 2016
38 Young people worked with award winning dance companies Rambert and ZooNation to create contemporary and hip hop dance pieces Inspired by the British Arts show 8 (BAS8) performed in various locations in the city and at the theatre’s Open Day.

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Pantomime Bauble Hunts
Drama and art workshops took place in schools across Hampshire to create family art installation trails around Sir Harold Hillier Gardens themed around Mayflower Theatre pantomimes.

Autism Awareness Project 2016
In association with ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, we created a piece of dance theatre that would help raise awareness and understanding of Autism. The group of 13-18 year olds, some on the autism spectrum then performed this piece in public venues.

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Fidel The Musical
A group of 13-18 year olds came together to workshop a new musical based on the life of Fidel Castro as part of a wider community project.

Did you know we are an independent, not for profit charity receiving no public subsidy or grants to support our running expenses? Please consider a donation to our auditorium appeal. Your help is essential in securing our future.

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