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Telling the best stories

Spring 2018

Welcome It’s a new year, and we’re leaping into Spring with a scintillating set of shows for the whole family to enjoy. Kicking off the February half-term are our long time favourites, Stuff and Nonsense, who return with their fun, fast-paced frantic version of The Gingerbread Man, whilst our fierce-looking but actually very friendly cover star Monstersaurus is just one of many crazy creations in this highly interactive show full of amazing inventions. There’s even more for our younger audiences with a marvellous magic show from timetravelling gentlemen Morgan & West, a Penguin in outer space, a chance to draw along with Nick Sharratt, the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s instantly recognizable books and a live vegetable orchestra that has to be seen (and heard) to be believed in Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf. For those with slightly later bedtimes, why not spend the evening with impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Jess Robinson, who brings her astounding vocal

gymnastics to our stage. Game of Thrones actor Rhodri Miles stars as Dylan Thomas in a stunning portrait of the infamous poet’s life and Blackeyed Theatre bring John Godber’s Teechers to life in their bang-up-to-date adaptation. Finally, we are proud to be supporting our wonderful Berry Youth Theatre as they prepare to present their first senior production The Minotaur in April. Add to all of this a second chance to see some of the biggest films of the last few months and you can see why we’re a bit excited about this Spring. We hope you can join us! Sacha Lee Artistic Director theberrytheatre theberrytheatre theberrytheatre The Berry Theatre is managed under agency by Eastleigh Borough Council.

L VE what we do at The Berry Theatre? Please support our work by making a donation online or at the Box Office. 60% of our income is subsidised, allowing us to engage thousands of young people and their families every year.

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Front cover: Big Wooden Horse: Monstersaurus! · Illustrator credit: Ben Cort

Box office: 023 8065 2333

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Saturday 10th 11am & 1pm & Sunday 11th February 11am

Image credit: Rebecca Pitt

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company presents

The Gingerbread Man

preview performance

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! Come and see the adventure of the delicious-smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all time! The Berry Theatre’s associate artists Stuff and Nonsense apply their usual brilliance with a mix of puppetry, live action, great music and humour in a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale.

Tickets: £8 / £6 children Special family offer: four tickets for £24 or five tickets for £28 Running time: 60 mins approx. + meet the puppets

Suitable for ages 3+

Hedge End Residents Day With thanks to the support of Hedge End Town Council, we’re delighted to once again offer Hedge End families the chance to visit us for free on Saturday 17th February as part of our half-term offer. If you live in an SO30 postcode you can take advantage of our free ticket offer and enjoy either our Saturday Storytime session at 10.30am or our 2pm screening of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Call our Box Office or visit our website to book up to four free tickets, which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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Wednesday 14th February 11am & 2pm

Image credit: Ben Cort

Nick Brooke Ltd. presents

Monstersaurus! “One day Monty found a book, ‘Inventions Very Rare, create yourself a monster friend, BUT ONLY IF YOU DARE!” From the creators of Aliens Love Underpants, this brand new show is monster-ously good! Follow young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has one problem – now he’s made them, what is he going to do with them all?! This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family with original music and plenty of audience participation.

“I thought the monster-making machine was fantastic!” – Philip, age 7 “full of high-kicking energy and humour” HHHH

The Argus

Box office: 023 8065 2333

Tickets: £8 / £6 children Special family offer: four tickets for £24 or five tickets for £28 Early Bird Offer: 10% Discount until end of January Suitable for ages 3+ Running time: 50 mins

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Saturday 3rd March 2pm

Image credit: Adam Trigg

Goblin Theatre presents

Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf A brilliant musical adventure for ages 4+ Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas… Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forests as he discovers new sounds and noises, featuring singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before.

Tickets: £8 / £6 children Special family offer: four tickets for £24 or five tickets for £28 Suitable for ages 4+ Running time: 50 mins

Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf is a brand new show with amazing music created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables. Combined with imaginative puppetry, physical comedy and fun interaction, the show will have children jumping for joy.

“Unmissable children’s theatre”


The Peg Review

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Image credit: Holly Scott

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Saturday 31st March 11am Long Nose Puppets presents

Penguin Based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar. Ben is delighted when he rips open his present, inside is a penguin. “Hello Penguin!” says Ben. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin; he pulls his funniest face; he puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song, does a dizzy dance, and even fires Penguin into OUTER SPACE, but Penguin comes back to earth without a word! It isn’t until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks...and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth the wait.

“A gem of a show.”

– Fringe Review

Tickets: £8 / £6 children Special family offer: four tickets for £24 or five tickets for £28 Suitable for all ages, especially 2 – 7 years Running time: 40 mins plus 15 mins to meet the puppets

Saturday 13th January, 3rd & 17th* February, 7th & 28th April 10.30am

Saturday Storytime Join us on Saturday mornings and step into our enchanted storytelling wood… Our musical storytellers Kate the Hedgehog and Craig the Fox, along with a host of woodland friends, delight families with their fantastical tales, sing-along-songs and joyful games. Each session is packed full of adventures and characters, and ends with interactive play time where everyone becomes part of the story. Tickets: £3 adults / £3 children Running time: 45 minutes Suitable for ages: 3-7 years and their family and friends Relaxed, informal seating on the stage. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult

Box office: 023 8065 2333

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Tuesday 3rd April 2pm

Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne

Morgan & West presents

More Magic for Kids! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West! Might Mr Morgan manage a whole trick without his partner complaining? Will Mr West ever accept children as real people too? Can everyone’s favourite duo of deception finally find fame, fortune, and a box of fondant fancies?

Tickets: £8 / £6 children Special family offer: four tickets for £24 or five tickets for £28 Suitable for ages 5+ Running time: 60 mins

Find out all of this and more in Morgan & West: More Magic For Kids!

“Brilliantly funny” “Hugely talented”




Daily Mirror

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Illustration Credit: Nick Sharratt

Saturday 10th March 2pm

Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw-Along Join the much-loved children’s writer and illustrator in this family-friendly, fun-filled draw-along for all ages. Nick’s best-selling picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants, and he’s also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular children’s novels. He’ll be showing you how he creates characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures and giving loads of top tips as you draw along with him. Just bring pencils, paper and something to lean on.

“Nick Sharratt’s drawings are instantly recognisable to a whole generation of children” – Giglist

Box office: 023 8065 2333

Tickets: £8 Suitable for ages 6+ Running time: 60 mins + postshow meet & greet and book signing


Saturday 17th February 7.30pm

Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon by Gwynne Edwards · Directed by Gareth Armstrong Clown in the Moon (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14) is a dramatic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. It sets some of Dylan’s famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women. Rhodri Miles (Holby City, Torchwood, Game of Thrones) stars as the infamous poet after sell-out performances of the critically acclaimed ‘Burton’, winner of the ‘Best International Show Award’ at the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival.

“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” HHHHH

Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions / £8 school group bookings (buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free) Early Bird Offer: 10% Discount until end of January Suitable for ages 12+ Running time: 100 mins including interval

Edinburgh Guide for ‘Burton’

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Friday 23rd March 7.30pm

Image credit: Adrian McDougall

Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park presents


by John Godber · Directed by Adrian McDougall

Blackeyed Theatre revives its highly-acclaimed production of John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling academy for Mr Nixon, an unsuspecting new drama teacher. Featuring breathtaking ensemble performances and a bang-up-to-date soundtrack, Teechers brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the unique eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby; three Year 11 students about to leave school for good. Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razorsharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

“Top Of The Class - 10/10” – British Theatre Guide

Box office: 023 8065 2333

Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions / £8 school group bookings (buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free) Suitable for ages 11+ Running time: 105 mins including interval


Fri 13th 7.30pm & Sat 14th April 2pm & 7.30pm

Image credit: Rachel Burnham

The Berry Youth Theatre presents

The Minotaur By Neil Duffield ‘Beyond the realms of place and time exists a land where dreams are truth and truth is dreams, where the world of the flesh meets the world of the spirit. The name of this land is Myth.’ The Berry Youth Theatre presents their first senior production, The Minotaur: a story for all time and all people, a tale of adventure and intrigue, of love and betrayal, of fear of the unknown, and of two cultures each bent on revenge. We invite fearless families to take on the labyrinth, unleash their inner hero and find the courage within.

Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions / £8 under 16’s Suitable for ages 8+ Running time: 2 hours including interval

“The most creative youth theatre show I’ve ever seen; very professional.” - Audiences on The Berry Youth Theatre’s The Little Mermaid (April 2017)

The Berry Youth Theatre Aged between 8 and 21 years old and want to join The Berry Youth Theatre? We’re proud to give every young person the chance to take part in safe, empowering and challenging theatre regardless of background or ability. For more information, visit or contact us on or 023 8062 7807.

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Friday 27th April 8pm Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Troika Talent presents

Jess Robinson: Here Come the Girls Join multi award-winner and Britain’s Got Talent 2017 semifinalist Jess Robinson for an evening of spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics. Like a wonderfully malfunctioning jukebox, Jess and her incredible vocals will take you on a dizzying journey through hilarious improvised musical mash-ups, serving a feast of styles and genres from Billie Holiday and Judy Garland to Amy Winehouse and Beyoncé. Whether your cup of tea is watching Shirley Bassey belt it out or if you want to see Jess strut her stuff with Hip Hop’s biggest rap stars there’ll be something for everyone, from 9 to 90. Tickets: £17.50 / £16 concessions / £10 under 15’s Suitable for all ages with parental guidance Running time: 110 mins approx. including interval

Box office: 023 8065 2333


Wednesday 14th February 7pm

Thursday 22nd March 7pm

RSC Live presents

National Theatre Live presents

Twelfth Night

Julius Caesar

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate.

Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

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Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of “the whirligig of time”.

Keep an eye on the website for possible additions to our liv e screen programme.

Nicholas Hytner’s production starring Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall), Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) and David Morrissey (The Missing, The Walking Dead) will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions

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Film Screenings

Thu 11th Jan 7.30pm

Sat 13th Jan 2pm

Thu 25th Jan 7.30pm

The Death of Stalin (15)

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Murder on the Orient Express



The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, also secret ninja warriors.

A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Poirot novel.

Thu 1st Feb 7.30pm

Sat 3rd Feb 2pm

Tue 13th Feb 2pm

Justice League

My Little Pony



Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Wonder Woman, to face an even greater enemy.

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity embark on an epic journey to save Ponyville from the evil Storm King.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (tbc)

The Soviet dictator lives out his final days, and chaos erupts after his death in this satirical comedy from the creator of The Thick of It and In The Loop.

Box office: 023 8065 2333

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose.


Sat 17th Feb 2pm

Thu 8th Mar 7.30pm

Thu 5th Apr 10am & 2pm

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (tbc)

Early Man (tbc)


George and Harold are two overly imaginative pranksters who accidentally hypnotize their mean principal into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Set at the dawn of time, Early Man tells the story of Dug along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy, Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City, to save their home.


Sat 7th Apr 2pm

Sat 28th Apr 2pm

Coco (tbc)

Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (U)

Aspiring musician Miguel teams up with charming trickster Hector in Disney Pixar’s extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead.

Tad Jones, the most awkward explorer, must rescue his beloved Sara from a millionaire who is looking for King Midas’ necklace.

£8 adult £6 concessions £5 children £4 earlybird Free tickets for Hedge End residents (see page 3).

What’s coming next? Please note screening dates may change subject to release dates. For up-todate film programme and additions please visit PAGE 14-15


Fri 23rd & Sat 24th Feb 7pm · Sat mat 2pm

Sunday 4th March 2pm & 6pm

Artisan Theatre School

Stagecoach Fareham & Hedge End

Bugsy Malone

Stepping into the Spotlight

Dandy Dan’s hoodlums terrorise the district. His rival is Fat Sam who runs the Grand Slam Speakeasy, so Fat Sam engages the help of Bugsy Malone, a smooth city slicker who has been more occupied in sweet talking Blousey Brown, a would be singer.

Stagecoach Fareham and Hedge End present ‘Stepping into the Spotlight’, a show of song, dance and variety in support of the Royal British Legion. Talented students between the ages of 6 and 25 take to the stage after 9 months of rehearsals to showcase their talent and raise money for a truly worthy cause.

Tickets: £13.50 adults / £6 children

Tickets: £14 / £10 concessions ·

Friday 9th March 7.45pm

Tue 17th – Sat 21st April 7.30pm

Origins Theatre

Maskers Theatre Company

Fresh Start

Wyrd Sisters

It’s the fresh start Alice wanted - a new home, her abusive husband has left, and she’s got the support of that nice man from the property company. And Beryl, of course. But has Alice jumped out of the frying pan, into the fire? This emotional and uplifting new play by Heaton Wilson will engage you from the start, and have you wondering up to the end…

Stephen Briggs’ adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters is a rollercoaster ride of mayhem, murder and madness with just a little sprinkle of magic thrown in for good measure. Can the three witches save the kingdom and restore the rightful heir to the throne?

Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions

Tickets: £12.50 / £10 restricted view

Box office: 023 8065 2333


Sat 12th May 6pm & Sun 13th May 5pm

Sunday 8th April 7.30pm

Integr8 Dance

AM Productions

Integr8 Dance Off 2018

Through the Decades with Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly

Join Integr8 Dance for their 8th annual dance off. This year will see over 200 children and young people take to the stage to show off their street dance moves. All of the performers in this show are from local schools and will be competing to win awards in an exciting night of dance, fun and celebration!

Darren Page teams up with Marc Robinson, both with careers dedicated to Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly performing all over Great Britain and around the world, and have come together to bring you an uplifting two hour show that will entertain you with pure nostalgia, all their hits, and a few earlier ones too! Will rock ‘n’ roll ever die? That’ll be the day!

Tickets: £12 / £9 concessions

Tickets: £17.50 / £10 restricted view

Saturday 19th May 3pm & 6.30pm

Sunday 29th April 7.30pm

Dance and Cheer-a-cality

AM Productions

Time to Dance – 2018 Showcase

Patsy Cline & Friends

It’s time for our students to showcase their talents in a medley of dance styles, cheerleading and stunts in our 2018 showcase. Tickets: £11.50 / £9.50 concessions and gallery

Sue Lowry, Marc Robinson and Lee Davidge will take you back to the honky-tonk days of pure country music in this tribute concert to Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Jim Reeves. Wear your Western gear and join us for a hayride of a show that suits all ages, as long as you’re prepared for a ‘Honkin Tonkin’ good time! Tickets: £17.50 / £10 restricted view

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Tuesdays for 7-19 years 5.30pm – 7pm

Integrated Multi-Arts Group Inclusive fun and creative sessions in art, dance, music, drama and cooking. Every week multi-arts group explores a new art-form in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Based at the d.@rt Centre, Wildern School, Hedge End

These sessions are dedicated to any young person with or without disabilities and we warmly welcome new members.

£27 for a half series / £54 for a full series

“I have great fun at multi-arts”

For more information on the group and to join contact vicki. 023 8062 7815

– Participant

“I enjoy having themes… enjoy having games” – Participant

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At a glance March

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The Death of Stalin Saturday Storytime The Lego Ninjago Movie Murder on the Orient Express

February 1st F 3rd CT 3rd F 10th & 11th CT

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23rd & 24th CP

Justice League Saturday Storytime My Little Pony Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company presents The Gingerbread Man Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Nick Brooke Ltd. presents Monstersaurus! RSC Live presents Twelfth Night Saturday Storytime Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon Artisan Theatre School presents Bugsy Malone

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Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf Stagecoach Fareham & Hedge End present Stepping into the Spotlight Star Wars: The Last Jedi Origins Theatre presents Fresh Start Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw-Along National Theatre Live presents Julius Caesar Blackeyed Theatre presents Teechers Long Nose Puppets presents Penguin

April 3rd


Morgan & West: More Magic for Kids! 5th F Early Man 7th CT Saturday Storytime 7th F Coco 8th EH Through the Decades with Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly 13th & 14th T The Berry Youth Theatre presents The Minotaur 17th – 21st CP Maskers Theatre Company presents Wyrd Sisters 27th C Jess Robinson: Here Come The Girls 28th CT Saturday Storytime 28th F Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas 29th EH AM Productions presents Patsy Cline & Friends

May 12th & 13th CP 19th


Integr8 Dance presents Integr8 Dance Off 2018 Dance & Cheer-a-cality presents Time to Dance – 2018 Showcase

The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4EJ Box Office: 023 8065 2333

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The Berry Theatre Brochure - Spring 2018  

It's a new year, and we're leaping with Spring with a scintillating set of shows for the whole family to enjoy!

The Berry Theatre Brochure - Spring 2018  

It's a new year, and we're leaping with Spring with a scintillating set of shows for the whole family to enjoy!