In the depths of the water, I finally learnt that my breath was far stronger and within me lay the courage to emerge

A collaborative film with Theatre for Life, Southampton Children’s Hospital and Southampton City Council Cultural Services.

Emerge is a community led film devised and written by young people, inspired by real stories from 1912 and 2021 which reflect the tenacity of the human condition both past and present. Modern perspectives are contrasted against a community dealing with the aftermath of the Titanic tragedy. A powerful and honest film, sharing hidden stories and challenging inequalities, helping us to learn from the past to inform our futures.

Throughout the film, Emerge presents a collection of authentic voices which explore the truths behind hidden disabilities, mental health and overcoming adversity.
Using headphone verbatim our young theatre makers have collected unique personal stories from within our community, capturing honest, unpredictable and tender testimonies between 2020-2021.

Can the pain of yesterday, become the strength of today...?

Please note - Emerge is based on real life and research around the impact of the Titanic tragedy, some events from 1912 are fictionalised in the film as part of our dramatic action.

The Headphone verbatim content is purely non-fiction and is based on real interviews.

Devised and written by Theatre for Life and Southampton Children’s Hospital
Filming and editing by Elit Pictures
Headphone Verbatim editing and direction with Kristine Landon-Smith and Neela Doležalová

Supported by MAST Mayflower Studios
Solent Mind
Arts Council England
Mayflower 400 Community Heritage grant
The Baring Foundation
I Will fund (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation)
Southampton City Council Cultural Services
SeaCity Museum
Weald and Downland Living Museum
Plaza Theatre, Romsey
Historic Southampton

Running Time

1 hour 45 minutes. 

Age Advice:

Recommended 14+


Mild trigger warning - Themes around mental health, death and grieving.

Standard Pricing
Fri 25 Jun  £8.00
Access Membership Companion seats 75% off at all performances
Young Person Under 16 £5.00 per ticket

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