The week before last, we all headed down to Mayflower street, just behind Bubble HQ, we looked at the buildings on the street and set ourselves the task of imagining who might have populated the houses….
Then last week – we moved in! Iris got hold of the Electoral Roll for 1939 and we focussed in on numbers 7-13. Having found out the names of the people that actually lived there, we formed little clusters of ihhabitants for each house, compromised of family members of all ages and lodgers. We spent a bit of time creating the relationships between these individuals and building up brief portraits of their characters.
Whilst we were keen to base these families on fact, we also wanted the license for these characters to be created through our own invention and ideas. For this reason, we kept the surnames of the individuals that lived in these houses and made up our own first names, based on their letters of our own names. So, for example – one of our participants, Lauren Rowley, becomes Rena Atkinson.
If you were at this session – please give us details of your new household. We want to build up our very own street!! Let us know your number and who is living in your house. The Mayflower Street census has begun….