How we programme

We work with the best touring companies and local artists to present a diverse, vibrant, high-quality artistic multi-artform programme, alongside our own MAST productions and co-productions.

We also collaborate with our Resident Companies and Associate Companies to programme work.

We make programming decisions up to 12 months in advance. Work is usually programmed on the basis of a shared risk.

We programme work which is entertaining and resonates with our audiences. We are open to hearing ideas for all kinds of work, but we are particularly interested in

  • Providing inspiring experiences that are accessible, entertaining and relevant
  • work which tells important stories and addresses the issues that matter to people now
  • work which is representative of the diverse communities MAST serves – we want everyone living in Southampton to be able to see themselves represented in our programme
  • accessible shows which centre the experience of disabled audience members
  • female led stories and creative teams
  • work made by artists based in, or with a strong connection to Southampton and Hampshire
  • projects which could have wraparound activity and build relationships with communities local to MAST

Access and MAST’s Programme

MAST is committed to making our programme as accessible as possible. We work with visiting companies to deliver BSL interpreted, Audio Described, Captioned and Relaxed performances.

We welcome programming proposals which think creatively about access for audiences and artists alike.

Our Spaces

We programme accessible, ambitious and high-quality professional touring work in different spaces throughout our building, including:

Studio 1, which hosts a diverse range of high-quality mid-scale work sitting alongside in-house productions and co-productions. Studio 1 has seating for 449 on two levels and a stage measuring 10m wide by 9m deep. Studio 1 is a fully flexible black box space and can be configured in a number of layouts to suit. With the seats fully retracted the space is 23m x 15.5m. There are full lighting and sound facilities along with a cinema projector and screen. For tech specs please click here.

Studio 2, which hosts a diverse range of high-quality small-scale work which sits alongside in-house productions and co-productions. Studio 2 has bleacher style seating for 133 on one level and a stage measuring 10.5m wide by 4.6m deep. Studio 2 is a fully flexible black box space and can be configured in a number of layouts to suit. With the seats fully retracted the space is 13m x 10.5m. There are full lighting and sound facilities along with a cinema projector and screen. For tech specs please click here.

How to get in touch

We develop relationships with artists and companies over time. The best way to work with us is to get to know us and let us get to know you. If you are a local artist, you could join our Artist Network. If you have a show or project coming up, you might like to invite us. (Please be aware that we are a busy team and are not always able to travel to see work, but the more notice you can give us, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to make it.)

For programming proposals, please email us with information about your project. Please tell us about the audience for your work, and/or provide a tour pack, with images/videos of work, reviews and testimonials if you have them.

If you would like to bring your work to MAST Studio 1, contact Creative Producer, Aidan Grounds aidan.grounds@mayflower.org.uk

If you would like to bring your work to MAST Studio 2, contact Artistic Director, Victoria Briggs victoria.briggs@mayflower.org.uk

We are a busy team, so please bear with us if it takes us a while to get back to you. Although we’re not able to support all the proposals we receive, we will consider and respond to all enquiries.

AUDITORIUM APPEAL

We will be undertaking a refurbishment of our Grade II listed auditorium in summer 2018. Please consider a donation to our auditorium appeal. Your help is essential in securing our future.

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