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Telling the best stories

Summer 2017

Welcome Summer is upon us and so is our new season! A host of animals take the starring roles in our theatre for families offer. In June we see the blossoming friendship between a Girl and a Giraffe as Half Moon presents a sensitive show about health and wellbeing. Families will be taken on a musical journey in AnimAlphabet, with Hit the Mark Theatre encouraging young audiences to have fun with rhythm. For budding theatre makers we have the perfect summer holidays experience, as our drama team directs Play in a Week, taking on the challenge to stage Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. And of course Storytime favourites Kate the Hedgehog and Craig the Fox will be taking care of Saturday mornings.

Our popular comedy line-up doesn’t disappoint, with appearances from radio favourite Jeremy Hardy, BAFTA award-winning film I, Daniel Blake’s star Dave Johns, and panel show regular Gary Delaney. For Write Now, we’re In Conversation with Claire Fuller in May and her new novel Swimming Lessons is hot off the press ready for our first Book Club later in the season. That’s summer sorted! Sacha Lee Artistic Director theberrytheatre theberrytheatre theberrytheatre The Berry Theatre is managed under agency by Eastleigh Borough Council.

This Christmas at The Berry Theatre Saturday 16th to Sunday 31st December* Pickled Image presents

Santa’s Little Trolls With silliness, laughter, stunning puppets (and maybe a humbug or two), Pickled Image present a magical Christmas extravaganza. *Schools performances available. For a sneak peak of the show visit Tickets on sale Monday 8th May Supported by

Front cover: The Girl and the Giraffe · Image credit: Stephen Beeny, Half Moon Theatre

Box office: 023 8065 2333

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Illustration Credit: Holly Scott

Saturday 13th May, 3rd & 10th June, 15th July 10.30 -11.15am

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. Welcome to Saturday Storytime – it’s a forest full of fun in 45 minutes!

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

“45 minutes of hilarity and fun, fun, fun. We loved it.” – Audience Feedback

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Photo credit: Stephen Beeny

Saturday 24th June 11am & 2pm Half Moon presents

The Girl and the Giraffe An uplifting show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child’s perspective. One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with... Giraffe! As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better; putting on bandages, making a cup of tea, and even baking a truly magnificent cake, but she doesn’t get it quite right. Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn’t need a plaster for a graze on his arm or a scratch on his knee. Giraffe is sad. Sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can’t always see.

“Dear Giraffe, we love you no matter if you’re happy or sad – you’re the best” – Audience Member Box office: 023 8065 2333

Tickets: £8 / £6 children Special family offer: four tickets for £24 or five tickets for £28 Suitable for ages 3-6 years Running time: 45 mins

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Saturday 15th July 4pm Hit the Mark Theatre in association with South Hill Park present

AnimAlphabet Treble Clef Island is a wonderful land of music, song and dance, but there’s a problem. Calando the dastardly duck has escaped and is threatening to steal sound forever. Join Colin the Cockatoo on a quest to find the island animals and thwart Calando’s plans. A Waltzing Elephant, a Reggae Frog, a Geordie Jazz Giraffe and a Hip-Hop Donkey, are just some of the musical-misfits Cockatoo will meet along the way. AnimAlphabet is a fun, fast paced comical journey with colourful characters, great puppets and unforgettably catchy songs - written by Al and Sam of The Hoosiers – AnimAlphabet is a family musical unlike any other.

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

“This is a wonderful way of encouraging children to have fun with music, rhythm and harmony.” – Ron McAllister, CEO, South Hill Park Art Centre PAGE 4-5


Play in a Week

The Jungle Book

Monday 31st July – Thursday 3rd August 9.30am – 4pm · Friday 4th August 11am – 7pm

Play in a Week: The Jungle Book Join the cast of The Berry Theatre’s Play in a Week as we take on the challenge of staging Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Working with The Berry Youth Theatre directors, you will discover new drama skills including puppetry, physical theatre and vocal work whilst working as a cast to stage the play. At the end of the week, you will perform to your very own audience on The Berry Theatre stage. A perfect summer holidays experience for young theatre makers who love making magic on stage. Young people taking part will be needed at The Berry Theatre every day from 9.30am-4pm (Monday-Thursday) and 11am-7pm (Friday). The Friday will include a performance of The Jungle Book to parents and guests at 6pm.

Box office: 023 8065 2333

Tickets: £130 (Sibling discount, half price for second child) - Not available for online bookings Places must be pre-booked Suitable for ages 8 to 16 years No experience necessary For more information contact our youth theatre team at or 023 8062 7806


Thursday 4th May 7.30pm

Claire Fuller In Conversation with Judith Heneghan Claire Fuller will be talking with Judith Heneghan about her Tickets: £8 recently published second novel Swimming Lessons. Claire’s first novel Our Endless Numbered Days received widespread acclaim and won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize. In Swimming Lessons, Gil’s wife Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children Nan and Flora home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil’s books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage; a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?

Tuesday 6th June 7.30pm

Book Club with author Claire Fuller The perfect opportunity to discuss Swimming Lessons with other people who have read it and the author herself. Read the novel before the evening and come prepared with questions and discussion points.

Tickets: FREE event Location: Please note this event will take place at our sister venue The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DE

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Saturday 13th May 8pm Off the Kerb Productions presents

Jeremy Hardy Live 2017 Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 33 years to go. In 2014, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue for radio and Mock the Week and Grumpy Old Men for television. He is also on the road all year round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. After briefly hibernating in the winter, he’s back out on the road this year.

“In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.” – The Guardian

Box office: 023 8065 2333

Tickets: £14 / £5 unwaged Suitable for ages 14+ Running time: 50mins / 20mins interval / 50mins


Friday 2nd June 8pm

Dave Johns and Guests Dave Johns is one of the most respected and best-loved stand-up comics working today. Appearing at comedy clubs, theatres and festivals worldwide, and as a guest on some of the nation’s best loved comedy panel shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled. Dave is also a multi award-winning film actor and writer, having starred in Ken Loach’s critically acclaimed film I, Daniel Blake, which won a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film plus winning the coveted Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions Suitable for ages 16+ (adult content incl. some swearing) Running time: 40mins / 20mins interval / 50mins

Dave Johns is an improvisational maestro and his astute, warm and off-the-cuff playful brand of comedy is a sheer delight from start to finish. He will be joined by writer and comedian Dan Evans and rising star and Radio 4 News Quiz contributor Jenny Collier.

“Shifting from hilarity to uproar to genius in the blink of an eye” – The Guardian PAGE 8-9

Image: Andy Hollingworth


Friday 14th July 8pm CKP presents

Gary Delaney There’s Something About Gary ...and that something is he likes to write jokes. An awful lot of them.

Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions

Regular on Mock The Week, Double Sony Award Winner and Chortle Award Nominee Gary Delaney thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. His new tour show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes but also fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too.

Suitable for ages 16+

“Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in one hour than many comics have in their entire careers…quite brilliant” – The Scotsman

“I laughed and I laughed and I laughed… A master craftsman” – The Times Box office: 023 8065 2333

Running time: 20 mins / 20 mins interval / approx. 80 mins (incl. Support Act)


Thursday 11th May 7pm

Thursday 18th May 7pm

National Theatre Live presents

National Theatre Live presents


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

At a road side restaurant handsome drifter Gino (Jude Law) encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

On the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Saturday 10th June 2pm

Thursday 22nd June 7pm

National Theatre Live presents

National Theatre Live presents

Peter Pan (Encore screening)


All children, except one, grow up…

An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

When Peter Pan loses his shadow, Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where a riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues, in this adaptation of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale.

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Thursday 20th July 7pm · (Part 1)

Wednesday 9th August 7pm

National Theatre Live presents

RSC Live presents

Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches

Titus Andronicus

Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika (ENCORE SCREENING) America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year. Special Offer: Buy tickets for both parts for £20

Live Screen Tickets

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Monday 7th August 7pm · (Part 2)

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions Keep an eye on the website for possible additions to our live screen programme.

Box office: 023 8065 2333


Film Screenings

Sat 13th May 2pm

Tue 30th May 10am & 2pm

Wed 31st May 10am & 2pm

Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Power Rangers (12A)

Peppa Pig (U)

An adaptation of the Disney fairy-tale about a monstrouslooking Prince (Dan Stevens) and a young woman (Emma Watson) who fall in love.

A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Saturday 3rd June 2pm

Thursday 8th June 7.30pm

Thursday 29th June 7.30pm

Smurfs: The Lost Village (U)

Moonlight (15)

A Dog’s Purpose (PG)

Thursday 13th July 7.30pm

Going in Style (12A)


A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest, leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

The Oscar award-winning chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood.

Everyone’s favourite little piggy is coming to the big screen. Join Peppa Pig and family on their Australian holiday adventure.

A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

£6.50 · £5 concessions · £4 children All 10am screening tickets £3 Earlybird screenings

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

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For 8 - 21 years

Tuesdays for 7-19 years

The Berry Youth Theatre

Integrated Multi-Arts Group

The Berry Youth Theatre gives every young person the opportunity to take part in safe, empowering and challenging theatre regardless of background or ability.

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.

Weekly workshops are run by professional directors and theatre practitioners; encouraging ensemble work, building confidence and having fun together as a company. As well as weekly workshops, we also offer a range of performance opportunities for all youth theatre members.

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

“Being a member of The Berry Youth Theatre allows me to explore and develop different theatre skills in an environment where I know I will not be judged.” – Youth Theatre Member For more information on our youth theatre, contact 023 8062 7807

“I have great fun at multi-arts” – Participant

“I enjoy having themes… enjoy having games” – Participant Based at the d.@rt Centre, Wildern School, Hedge End £27 for a half series / £56 for a full series For more information on the group and to join contact 023 8062 7815

Box office: 023 8065 2333


Bring a Rainbow Trust Family to the Theatre Our individual supporters help make The Berry Theatre the special venue that it is. Thanks to your generosity, enthusiasm and support, we can ensure that all members of the local community are able to engage with our programme. This season we are delighted to continue our support to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, a charity which provides bespoke emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. More details about Rainbow Trust can be found here: To find out more about how you can offer your support please visit Rainbow Trust Registered Charity No. 1070532

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Sat 6th & Sun 7th May 6pm Sunday matinee 2pm

Friday 12th May 8pm

Roynon Dance Swanmore


Mary Poppins Come see Roynon Dance Swanmore perform their unique and loving dance adaptation of Mary Poppins! Be transported to the infamous chimneys of London and live out the magical adventures in Bert’s paintings. They will have over 200 students of all ages from the local area performing so it’s a show not to be missed… It’s going to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Hampshire Music Service Hide the truth, whatever the costs. When Mansford decides to manufacture a boy band, she realises the price of ambition is greater than she thought. This musical, commissioned by Hampshire Music Service, will leave you asking, how much are you prepared to pay for success? Directed by Helen Jones, words by Zella Compton, music by Tom Guyer and David Cefai. Tickets: £8 / £4 under 16s

Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions

Sunday 14th May 3pm

Saturday 20th May 3pm & 6.30pm

The Royal Marines Association Concert Band


In Concert The Royal Marines Association Concert Band returns for another concert featuring marches, overtures, soloists and their traditional finale. With over 1800 years’ service to Queen and Country, the band are regarded as being the most experienced in the world. You’re guaranteed to go home whistling the tunes you’ve just heard!

All Creatures Great and Small Dance and Cheer-a-cality 2017 Showcase celebrates all creatures great and small in a medley of dance, singing and cheerleading. Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 concessions

Tickets: £14.50 / £10.50 restricted view

Box office: 023 8065 2333


Mon 22nd & Tue 23rd May 7.30pm Saturday 27th 12.30pm & 4.30pm

Thur 25th - Sat 27th May 8pm

Spot On Productions

Avenue Q

Spotlight On Spot On

Spot On Productions

Tickets: £12 / £9.50 concessions

Avenue Q doesn’t need much introduction: packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness, this hilarious and entertaining show is as cheeky as ever. With a superb cast of talented performers, your favourite characters Rod, Trekkie, Princeton, Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut and all the hit songs, you don’t want to miss it! Not suitable for little monsters. This production contains scenes of adult content and language.

Special offer: all tickets £9.50 on Monday evening

Tickets: £12 / £9.50 concessions

Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm

Sunday 2nd July 1pm & 6pm

New Music Makers

The Diva Academy of Arts

Free Fall into Summer

We Are Legends

The title is a combination of two very different songs in the programme: ‘Flying Free’ and ‘Skyfall’. With Lillian Sedilles as our musical director, the complete diversity of music on offer is very exciting and we are sure the evening will be a musical delight; with something for everyone.

Come and join us for a spectacular show of dancing, singing and acting with the legends of our time.

After the success of their first year, Spot On Productions returns to present a showcase of songs from all genres of musical theatre including a 20 minute adaptation of the West End smash hit Matilda. With a cast from 6 years old to 60ish, this promises to be a fun-packed, lively show with all the production value of any musical!

Tickets: £10 / £8.50 concessions

Tickets: £10 / £8 under 16s and over 60s Community performances - These events are presented and promoted by hirers of The Berry Theatre. Therefore we cannot accept responsibility for the content of these events or their production values.

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Wed 5th - Sat 8th July 7.30pm Sat matinee 2.30pm

Thur 27th to Sat 29th July 7.30pm Sat matinee 2.30pm

Performing Arts Company

Footlights Youth Theatre

Our House

Little Shop of Horrors

A fast moving musical about Joe Casey, who on his 16th birthday struggles with life and deciding on which path to follow, GOOD or BAD. The show is supported by the music of MADNESS eg. Baggy Trousers / It Must Be Love & Our House. Come along and be part of the Madness.

Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960’s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. It tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected flower shop assistant who discovers a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush. Little does he know that this unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood!

Tickets: £12 / £10 under 16s / over 60s

Tickets: £12 / £10 under 16s & students Special offer for Thursday’s performance: Two students/under 16s only £15

Hiring The Berry Theatre The Berry Theatre is available for community and commercial hires. Our theatre boasts a state-of-the-art technical specification including digital camera projection, digital audio and lighting and a tension grid, offering easy access to rigging facilities. Total seating capacity is 306 with flexible and accessible seating. For further information email or call 023 8062 7822.

Box office: 023 8065 2333


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*Concessions Unless otherwise stated concessions on our professional and film programme are available for under 16s, full-time students, senior citizens, registered disabled and registered unemployed. We kindly ask that you bring identification. Concessionary prices for community performances may be different. Please check when booking.

*Carers: We are delighted to offer one free ticket to carers to enable visitors with disabilities to visit The Berry Theatre.

*Group bookings: Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th free when booking for the same performance (available on selected shows)

*Family Friendly: Children are welcome at The Berry Theatre. Please ensure that children under the age of 10 are accompanied by an adult. Some professional shows may allow children and toddlers under 18 months to sit on their parent/carer’s lap. Please check age restrictions at the time of booking.

We’re accessible… We want to make sure your enjoy your visit. Please talk to our Box Office staff about any special requirements when booking. Full wheelchair access - The Berry Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible. Please book wheelchair seating in advance via our Box Office on 023 8065 2333 to ensure your needs are fully catered for on arrival. Infra red hearing system - The Berry Theatre benefits from an infra red hearing facility for those hard of hearing. Please ask at the box office for details. Large Print brochures and audio guides We can offer a large print version or audio version of our season brochure. Large Print

Assistance Dogs - We welcome registered assistance dogs in all areas of our building.

Tickets: Tickets can be reserved and held for three working days (21 days for group bookings) after which they will be released for sale. Tickets are non-refundable but can be changed for another performance of the same show incurring an administration fee of £1.

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T Professional Theatre CT Professional Children’s Theatre CP Community Performance

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WN In Conversation with Claire Fuller 6th & 7th CP Roynon Dance Swanmore: Mary Poppins 11th LS NT Live: Obsession 12th CP Hampshire Music Service: Ambition 13th CT Saturday Storytime 13th F Beauty and the Beast 13th C Off the Kerb Productions: Jeremy Hardy Live 2017 14th CP The Royal Marines Association Concert Band: In Concert 18th LS NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf 20th CP Dance-A-Cality: All Creatures Great and Small 22nd – 27th CP Spot On Productions: Spotlight On Spot On 25th – 27th CP Spot On Productions: Avenue Q 30th F Power Rangers 31st F Peppa Pig

27th – 29th CP 31st


The Diva Academy of Arts: We Are Legends Performing Arts Company: OUR HOUSE Going in Style CKP: Gary Delaney, There’s Something About Gary Saturday Storytime Hit the Mark Theatre: AnimAlphabet NT Live: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches Footlights Youth Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors Play in a Week: The Jungle Book

August 1st – 3rd 7th




Play in a Week: The Jungle Book NT Live: Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

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Dave Johns and Guests Saturday Storytime Smurfs: The Lost Village New Music Makers: Free Fall into Summer WN Book Club with Claire Fuller (at The Point, Eastleigh) F Moonlight CT Saturday Storytime LS NT Live: Peter Pan LS NT Live: Salomé CT Half Moon: The Girl & The Giraffe F A Dog’s Purpose

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

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