Free performance tells Mayflower story

by | 21 September 2019 | Gainsborough, Heritage, Performing Arts, Retford, Worksop

The free performance entitled The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, will tell the story of the passengers aboard the Mayflower when it made its historic journey from England to America in 1620, many of whom were originally from this area. The performance in Babworth will be particularly significant because All Saints’ Church is the place where Richard Clyfton first preached to a Separatist congregation seeking a safe place to worship in the way they wanted to, at a time when to defy the Church of England in this way was seen to be an act of treason.

In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, three tour guide characters will lead you on a journey through history, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for the passengers on the Mayflower, their determination, and the extraordinary things it made them do.
Choreographer Katie Green said: “We’re really pleased to be returning to the Pilgrim Roots area after successful performances in Gainsborough and Retford earlier in the year.”
Previous audiences have commented: “I thought it was fabulous, really moving”. Another said: “unique, engaging, thought-provoking.”

Katie said: “What people have enjoyed about the work so far, is the way it provides an introduction to the story of the Mayflower, and particularly to the stories of the individuals on board that ship and what it must have been like for them to leave everything they knew behind.
“The people we have met so far have described feeling very moved by this personal perspective on the story, and have shared with us their own stories about what they have taken when travelling on significant journeys in their lives.”
You can catch The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 at All Saints’ Church, Babworth Road, Babworth DN22 8EP on Thursday 7th November, at 7.00pm. The performance is free to attend, but donations are welcome, and no tickets are needed — just turn up on the day. The performance will last about 40 minutes and is suitable for all ages.

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Image © Owen Benson