There’s an awesome Autumn season of entertainment, events and experiences at The Point Eastleigh and The Berry Theatre in Hedge End.
Tickets are now on sale for Raymond Briggs’s fantastic Father Christmas as the big festive show – and top stand-up comedians, drama, burlesque, magic, loads of kids’ stuff and a range of rewarding classes at the popular venues, which are owned and operated by Eastleigh Borough Council.
Crowd-pleasers at The Point include tribute acts Think Floyd and Eastleigh boy Elio Pace who brings his phenomenal Billy Joel Albums Show tour to a close with a visit to his hometown venue; marvellous magic in Morgan & West's Massive Magic Show for Kids and comic Ed Byrne tests the theory that Humour = Tragedy + Time by mining the most tragic event in his life for laughs.
An alternative festive programme features cosmic game show Astrology Bingo, spine-tingling puppetry in Yule and a hot toddy of a burlesque show with Hundred Watt Club. There's lots for little ones too, with Nick Cope’s Festive Family Concert and a chance to meet Santa at Eastleigh's Christmas Lights Switch-on before the venue’s Studio Theatre becomes an icy cave in Yeti, a free experience for under-fives and their grown-ups.
Young children will love Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Tales from Acorn Wood while older siblings are invited to take a seat in the immersive set of Kinder, a moving and poignant story of a Czech-Jewish girl escaping to the UK on a Kindertransport train in the 1930s.
The Point’s regular favourites return including the popular Too Good Tuesdays programme for babies and toddlers, including a new session for Tiny Dancers. A film and a friendly welcome are available to all at Inclusive Cinema, take the opportunity to learn how to help our planet at Sustainability Hub or join weekly classes for adults and young people in dance, theatre and crafts.
Meanwhile, The Berry Theatre’s Christmas show celebrates the 50th anniversary of Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas, with thousands of families expected to visit the venue in December.
Comedy fans can enjoy live stand-up from big names such as Sam Avery, Geoff Norcott and Simon Evans, while there are even more chances to laugh your socks off in Looking For Me Friend, a celebration of Victoria Wood’s music and Mum’s the Word, an uplifting and honest show about motherhood starring Eastenders' Cheryl Fergison.
There’s theatre for all the family with Hancock's Half Hour and Dinosaur Adventure Live while older children and adults will love the Dolly Parton-inspired Goodbye Jolene, jumping out of their seats in The Haunting and singing along to West End musical hits in Dreamcoat Stars.
Find out more and book at www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk and www.theberrytheatre.co.uk