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Harleston's Mayflower story to be told again this summer in a play scheduled for July




A town’s proud links to the first voyage to America are to be brought to life once again this summer, with local actors ready to descend upon Harleston in July.

The characters will offer a fascinating insight into the lives and decisions of Edward and Samuel Fuller, of Harleston, who, with family members, sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 to establish a new colony in America.

Stationed at different locations around the town throughout, the actors will provide information about the history of the journey.

Actors from a local group are dressing up as characters from 1600s to deliver a play in the town of Harleston...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Actors from a local group are dressing up as characters from 1600s to deliver a play in the town of Harleston...Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

The story, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the town council, had to be postponed last year, but will go ahead on July 17 and July 18 at 2.30pm and 7pm.

Script writer and director Eileen Ryan said: “Many of those we recruited last year are still involved, but some have had to drop out and we are looking for a last few actors to fill the gaps.

“There are speaking and non-speaking roles for male actors, and extra children, young people and female actors would be welcome, too.”

The play was very popular last year. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (47068494)
The play was very popular last year. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography. (47068494)

The venue for rehearsals is currently changeable due to lockdown lifting phases, but will be within Harleston.

Co-organiser Nicky Stainton added: “To make sure that the project adheres to safety guidelines, we are working in small groups outdoors when the weather permits, or on Zoom.

“We will stage the performances outdoors, on the recreation ground, which will give us more space to spread out and will make it more inviting for people who may be nervous about larger gatherings.”

Rehearsals will be on Monday and Thursday evenings up until the performances, and anyone interested in getting involved should contact Eileen Ryan on 07985 149854.



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