One of the great joys of the Marketors’ Outreach Programme work is seeing projects that we support with advice and guidance reach fruition. At 12 noon on Friday, 17th June and again at 4pm on Saturday, 18th June, a new musical based on the dramatic life of London’s former patron saint, Thomas Becket, was staged for the general public in a specially built open-air theatre, amid the medieval splendour of Guildhall Yard.
With a running time of 2 hours, the musical ‘London’s Turbulent Son’ was the centrepiece of the Becket Pageant for London (BPFL), designed to celebrate Becket’s 900th anniversary and inspired by the historic Becket pageant staged 500 years ago in the streets of the City. The pageant itself was opened by the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Vincent Keaveny, and also included a Livery Arts Fair with displays of ancient and new craft skills, street entertainment and a specially brewed Becket Beer.
Liveryman Mike Bugsgang, as Marketors outreach director, worked closely with Emmeline Winterbotham to provide strategic marketing support to the founder of the not-for-profit BPFL, who both wrote and directed ‘London’s Turbulent Son’.