When we knew we had to cancel Eastleigh Unwrapped this June, we needed to think fast about what we COULD do.
Inspired by the community spirit each Thursday evening, as people cherish a few minutes of neighbourly connection to clap and acknowledge our frontline key workers, we started wondering if we could turn people’s front rooms, gardens and windows into the auditorium and the streets into the stage...
In such strange and isolating times, dominated by screens, online calls and worry, we recognise the magic that live shared performance can bring. Planning for The Nightingale Walks began!
From Thursday 7th May, Soprano singer Lucy Mellors has been walking a carefully planned route through the streets of Eastleigh each week to sing a mix of well known songs and opera arias. Her soaring voice has filled the air with hope and beauty, encouraging people to come to their front doors and windows and share the magic of the moment as she passes.
We are trying to reach as many neighbourhoods as we safely can for the next three weeks and now call to Eastleigh residents to listen out and see if you can catch her as she floats along your street.
It may be some time before we are able to host audiences in our theatre in the way we did before social distancing measures. We will continue to think of ways we can bring you special experiences that move, delight and surprise!
The Nightingale Walks is for the people of Eastleigh, brought to you by The Point in times where we all need to hold onto the very essence of being human and our need to connect with others. Please do spread the word if you see The Nightingale, we love seeing your posts on social media. The Nightingale will be in Eastleigh on the 28th May and 4th and 11th June from 8pm to 8.45pm.
Sacha Lee, Artistic Director
With thanks to Arts Council England for their generous support