Mayflower 400 Southampton


Theatre for Life CIC has teamed up with Southampton Children’s Hospital, Solent Mind and Southampton City Council Cultural Services in a cross-community film project titled ‘Emerge’.

‘Emerge’ will be a devised performance, humanising stories of communities dealing with hidden disability and mental health, connecting with audiences through stories of hope and resilience. Theatre for Life youth company will have the opportunity to explore stories respectfully and with authenticity using verbatim theatre to capture this time period accurately. The project aims to supports patient empowerment, self-esteem and resilience. ‘Emerge’ will provide an important creative lifeline at this time of crisis to support mental health. It will also improve access to arts and heritage for young patients aged 14-25 years old with long-term health conditions, some of whom are shielding and at higher risk from COVID-19.

You can watch the ‘Emerge’ film at Mayflower Studios, 25th June 2021, with the support of Southampton City Council Cultural Services and Mayflower Studios.

Emerge has been a truly enlightening project. It really has been a break in the darkness that shines a light on the power of the arts and the young theatre makers determined to be seen and heard in a year that has forced many of our group (including myself) to shield themselves from society on the basis of survival.”


“In the first lockdown it was amazing as it gave me something else to do, now it feels like something stable and tangible as a routine.”


“The process has been amazing, we have worked collaboratively as a team throughout and we have all helped each other in every aspect and that has been amazing. We are lucky to work so well as a team and despite the constant challenges thrown our way, we continue to adapt!”

Theatre for Life are pleased to be offering FREE Community & Outreach matinee screening & workshop at 11 am on the 25th for 14-25 year olds.

Find out more


Some shots of 'Emerge' in filming

Thanks to:
Southampton Children’s Hospital
Southampton City Council
Solent Mind
SeaCity Museum
Hampshire & IOW Community Fund
PEEER Youth Project
Arts Council England
National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Baring Foundation
Mayflower Studios
Plaza Theatre
Weald & Downland Living Museum
“The communication and collaborative nature of the Mayflower 400 project has been so supportive and community led, we have really enjoyed the experience, thank you!”

You might also like

Share This:

To sign up for updates about Mayflower 400 in Southampton, sign up for the email bulletin below.