From 29th June to 8th July, LNBP at Braunston is involved with what is undoubtedly its biggest project undertaken to date.
Stratford-to-Stratford is a exciting new youth arts project coordinated by the Canal and River Trust.
They are taking a group of 30 budding young thespians from The Chobham Academy based in Stratford, East London, to perform at the Stratford Upon Avon Festival over the weekend of 3rd-5th July 2015.
They will be going from Stratford east London to Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire by narrowboat, and along the way they will learn all about the wonders of the canals together with the wonders of Shakespeare.
Once they arrive they will perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Dell and as part of the Stratford River Festival.
The Canal and River Trust are coordinating the whole trip for the group and LNBP have been asked to provide boats and crews to transport the group from Hatton to Stratford Upon Avon.
CRT have hired both Lancelot and Guinevere, and an additional 4 boats from Union Canal Carriers at Braunston. Lancelot and Guinevere + 2 UCCL boats will accommodate the group. A 5th boat will accommodate the camera crew and their equipment, whilst the 6th boat will be crew accommodation.
The chronology of the trip for LNBP at Braunston is as follows:-
LNBP to crew a total of six boats from Braunston setting out on Sunday 28th June to arrive on the Hatton flight by the evening of Tuesday 30th when the theatre group and their camera crew will board.
Departing Hatton on the morning of Wednesday 1st July the six boats will transport the whole group to Stratford Upon Avon, arriving on the evening of Thursday 2nd July, when the boats will moor on the river Avon at Stratford.
The boats will remain moored at Stratford to provide dormitory accommodation for the group until Sunday 5th July.
During this time, LNBP at Braunston will have an exhibition stand at the Stratford River Festival
The group will vacate the boats at 9.00am on the Sunday the 5th. At a time to be agreed the flotilla will depart Stratford on Sunday 5th, returning to Braunston on the morning of Wednesday 8th July.
It is a big undertaking for us but one we are ready for and privileged to be involved with.
Report on the project to follow
For more details and background on Stratford to Stratford, head to the CRT’s page here