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Welcome Welcome to The Berry Theatre’s Spring 2012 brochure. This April The Berry Theatre will be one year old and what a fantastic first year we have had! Our Creative Learning projects have gone from strength to strength allowing us to realise opportunities for work with schools across the region, colleges, community groups, individuals and specialist services. We now have a thriving Youth Theatre, Youth Marketing team and Writers Hub. We have also produced our first professional show - the wonderfully successful Hansel and Gretel heralded as “simply first class” by The Daily Echo. It has been a pleasure getting to know our local community and this season we have many more treats in store for you. From classic drama such as Hotbuckle Productions’ adaptation of Great Expectations to our fabulous community production Strawberries & Steam plus the usual mix of comedy hot from the Edinburgh circuit, new writing, film and

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work for families - we hope you find something to get your cultural taste buds fizzing. This season we are also celebrating our first birthday with a free Hedge End Festival kindly supported by Hedge End Town Council. We will also commemorate the centenary year of The Titanic’s maiden voyage with a festival of activities. I look forward to welcoming you to The Berry Theatre.

Sarah Brigham Director The Berry Theatre is managed under agency by Eastleigh Borough Council.

This brochure is kindly sponsored by Hedge End Town Council and Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee. Please contact Jade Mizen on 023 8062 7821 ( for information on sponsoring the next season brochure.

Supported by


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Wednesday 29th February to Saturday 3rd March 2012

The Point Youth Theatre presents

Romeo and Juliet Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life…

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By William Shakespeare

The greatest love story of all time confronts each new generation with its passion and force. Death, jealousy, revenge and sorrow plague the young lovers as they risk everything to be together and let true love prevail. This tragic love story is brought vividly to life by The Point Youth Theatre with stunning set pieces and live music. For information on accompanying workshops contact

Performance Dates Wed 29th Feb – 12.30pm Wed 29th Feb – 7.30pm Thur 1st Mar – 12.30pm Fri 2nd Mar – 7.30pm Sat 3rd Mar – 2pm Sat 3rd Mar – 7.30pm Tickets: £6.50 / £5 conc. Schools Group Bookings Offer: 10 students for £45 plus 1 teacher free Talking Text event please see page 22


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Friday 23rd March 2012 7.30pm

Hotbuckle Productions presents

Great Expectations Hotbuckle explode onto the stage with this new, adaptation of one of Dickens’ greatest novels. With all the comedy, mystery, violent melodrama, suspense and poignancy of the original, it tells of Pip’s journey from boyhood to manhood as he seeks to find out who he is and his place in an inhospitable world. It is a story of love and loss, of guilt and shame, of fear and courage and has some of the most vivid and memorable 4

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By Charles Dickens. Adapted by Adrian Preater

characters in all of English literature. With the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth in 2012, this electrifying, exhilarating and moving production is a must-see.

“Magical and poignant.” – The Press

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Friday 16th March 2012 7.30pm & Saturday 17th March 2012 2pm and 7.30pm

The Berry Youth Theatre presents

Strawberries and Steam See the cream of local talent in a performance that celebrates the time when our strawberry fields were the champions of the world! A special community cast featuring The Berry Youth Theatre and Wildern Community Choir, present a new play written by Chris Connaughton. Combining family drama and comedy with regional history and local identity, it tells the story of a group of people who created a part of our heritage.

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Join our travelling troubadours as they recreate episodes of history and hard work, fun and friendship, rivalry and ruthlessness. The Berry Theatre will be transformed into a Barn Fete with stalls and cream teas! Strawberries and Steam tells the story of ordinary families caught in the drama of social and international change, remembering a time when Hedge End was the centre of a world-beating industry.

Directed by Milk Presents Tickets: £6.50 / £5 conc. (add a cream tea for £3.50) We are also offering workshops for schools and an education pack featuring archive material and life stories. Please contact Rob Iliffe on 023 8062 7807 or at


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Friday 18th May 7.30pm

London Classic Theatre present


By Peter Shaffer

In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike.

Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night.

Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand his motives. Initially the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper, he begins to win Alan’s trust and the truth gradually emerges. Finally, as

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality.


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Equus won the Tony Award and New York Critics Circle Award for Best New Play in 1977.

Tickets: £15 / £14 conc. / £10 student Suitable for ages 14+ Equus contains strong language, adult themes and nudity.

“…taut, flawless and compelling...” – The Stage

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Saturday 2nd June 7.30pm

The Watermill Theatre in association with Big Olive Productions present

Love on the Tracks

By Richard Attlee. Directed by Michael Woodwood. Inspired by the short stories of Anton Chekhov. On a summer’s evening in 1890, a train pulls out of Moscow station. On board sit three fretful passengers, each with an extraordinary tale to tell. As their stories are played out in a series of delightful comic vignettes, the drama in the carriage tantalisingly unfolds. Love on the Tracks is a romantic comedy inspired by the early stories and farces of Anton Chekhov. Full of light-hearted humour and wonderfully eccentric

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characters, Love on the Tracks presents a 19th century world of dysfunctional marriage, traumatic romance and rampant infidelity - in a very modern way! Writer Richard Attlee, who also performs in Love on the Tracks, is best known for his role as Kenton Archer in the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers.

Tickets: £12 / £10 conc. / £8 students

“Love on the Tracks is a first-rate piece – sharp, imaginative and extremely funny.” – Tim Carroll, Theatre Director


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Thursday 10th May 7.30pm

Blue Apple Theatre presents


Direction by Peter Clerke. Adaptation by William Jessop

Think you know Hamlet? Think again!

are not good, nor can they come to good…

Blue Apple Theatre’s touring company re-invent the world’s most famous play in a fresh, funny and fearless expression of their lives… with learning disability.

Witness history in the making and discover a new Hamlet as he’s never been seen before.

Supported by

Blue Apple Theatre is based in Winchester. It was founded in 2005 to give people with learning disabilities the chance to create high quality theatre, dance & film.

Hamlet’s father is dead. His mother has married his uncle. His girlfriend dumps him. Hamlet starts talking to himself and seeing things, like his father’s ghost, telling him to kill. Things 8

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Tickets: £6 / £5 conc.

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Friday 27th April 8pm Christian Knowles Productions by arrangement with Tim Payne proudly present

Terry Alderton 2012 Tour

Saturday 26th May 8pm

Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show If you only see one doctor this year, make it Dr Phil...

Terry is back on the road with a brand new show - a unique and unforgettable comedy performer whose popularity grows day by day.

Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, broadcaster and possibly the only comedian to have appeared at a public inquiry. He is Private Eye’s medical correspondent and has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show Countdown and The One Show. He is rude about everything (politicians, doctors, death, drugs, sex). In 2011 he performed a sell-out run on The Edinburgh Fringe and appeared on Question Time.

Tickets: £12 / £10 conc.


As Seen on BBC3’s Edinburgh Gala, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Dave’s One Night Stand and Comedy Central. Winner of The Three Weeks Critics Award and Best International Comedian by the New Zealand Comedy Guild.

Suitable for ages 16+

“This is a mainstream act that dares to be different, that comes from the soul... Effortlessly enjoyable yet excitingly different”

Tickets: £15 / £13 conc. (£13 concessionary rate also applies to NHS employees) Suitable for ages 15+

– The Times

“One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet”

“Number One Comedian of 2011”

– The Guardian

– The Sun

***** – The Sunday Telegraph

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28 April & 23 June 10am – 10.45am

Saturday Funtime Join us before our Saturday Storyteller sessions, as Commotion Dance Company lead children and their grown ups, exploring movement and fun imaginative play together. Both these sessions will link with the themes of The Storyteller. Tickets: Saturday Funtime £3; The Storyteller £3 or come along to both for £5!

The Berry Theatre presents

The Storyteller Saturday Storytime Sessions 11-11.45am Come and join our Saturday Storytellers who will delight children and adults of all ages with their tales of flight, fancy and of course, heroic deeds. Spend a fun morning with amazing stories, songs, puppets, lots of imagination and the chance to join in and help out too.

COMING SOON… Friday 15th June 1pm (Schools performance) Saturday 16th June 1pm

Welsh National Opera presents

Why not come dressed up as your favourite character and you might become part of the story!

A Real Princess

Saturday 28th April Up & Away

Step into the museum, leave the real world behind and let the curators tell you an enchanting tale of a Prince’s quest to marry a real Princess.

Let us take you onwards and upwards and who knows, maybe even reach for the stars!

Saturday 23rd June Olympic Tales Heroic tales to get into story shape for the Olympics. Tickets: The Storyteller £3; Saturday Funtime £3 or come along to both for £5! Suitable for 3-7 years and their family and friends

A Real Princess is an enchanting opera for young children under 5 based on the fairytale The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen. Tickets: £6 (family offers available) Schools performance: £3.50, teachers free The Berry Theatre is delighted that its family programme is supported by

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Saturday 14th April 2pm

Thursday 3rd May 4.30pm

Squashbox Theatre presents

Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace Theatre present

UNIVERSARAMA! Since the dawn of time, human beings have gazed up at the night sky and wondered… What’s up there? How far does it go? Does it ever end? Wonder no longer! All this and more will be answered in Universarama! (Possibly.) Let Professor Johnson of the Squashbox Theatre Astounding And Amazing Astronomical Research Society (S.T.A.A.A.A.R.S) take you on a journey to the edges of space and time! Along the way we will explore the solar system, study the stars and constellations, visit distant galaxies, and hear the fascinating story of John Couch Adams, the Cornishman who discovered Neptune. Using only silly puppets, ridiculous and unnecessary props, simple household objects and assorted fruits and vegetables, Professor Johnson will reveal the secrets of the universe! Tickets: £6 Special family offer: Four tickets for £22 or five tickets for £26 (to receive the special offer please call the Box Office on 01489 799 499) Suitable for all ages 8 years +

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Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales From Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A new show from the award-winning Scamp Theatre (Stick Man - Live on Stage!) adapted from the bestselling books by Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (creators of The Gruffalo). This is a magical collection of Julia Donaldson’s most popular titles including Tiddler, The Smartest Giant in Town, A Squash and a Squeeze and Monkey Puzzle brought to the stage spectacularly by the team that brought you Aesop’s Fables, Stick Man and Private Peaceful. Under sea, over land, on the farm and in the jungle, these tales are woven together with live music, songs, puppets and a host of colourful characters who will delight. Tickets: £6 Special family offer: Four tickets for £22 or five tickets for £26 (to receive the special offer please call the Box Office on 01489 799 499) An absolute treat for ages 3 + and their families

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1st Birthday Celebrations Supported by Hedge End Town Council

Saturday 24th March 10.30am to 2pm

Open Saturday Join us for a FREE fun-packed day to celebrate The Berry Theatre’s 1st Birthday! This is your chance to try out a range of exciting celebratory community workshops - from stage make-up to puppet making. We’ll also showcase a range of local talent including the talented choir from our production of Strawberries & Steam and give you the chance to explore The Berry Theatre in a backstage tour.

Saturday Timetable

FREE backstage tour 11am FREE workshops Puppet making (for 5 - 11 years) 10.30am - 11.30am and 12pm - 1pm Stage make-up (for 11-16 years) 10.30am - 11.30am and 12pm - 1pm

Free performance showcases 10.40am - 2.15pm Strawberries & Steam Choir, Southampton Ukulele Jam, Hedge End New Music Makers, Performing Arts Company, West End Singers and D@rt Community Groups.

Saturday 24th March 7.30pm (doors open, band start 8pm)

Polly and the Billets Doux Polly and the Billets Doux are known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances. Over the past couple of years they’ve embarked on headline tours across the country and played to critical acclaim at festivals large and small, including Glastonbury, Loopallu, The Big Chill, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Cambridge Folk Festival. The genre-defiant quartet’s distinctive sound combines elements of blues, country, folk, soul and gospel to create a sumptuous and totally unique sound with a quintessentially English twist.

FREE film - The Smurfs (u) 3.15pm

Tickets: £5

Join us for a Smurfy good time as Papa, Smurfette, Gutsy and friends hit the big screen in this liveaction and animated family comedy.

“a rich harmony of country, blues, folk and gospel” – The Sunday Times

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Sunday 25th March 2pm

Nostalgic Sunday We are delighted to bring you an afternoon of FREE film nostalgia to celebrate our 1st Birthday.

How to Survive the 1940s Post-War Public Information Films (PG) UK 1946-1950 | Black & white | 85 mins Compiled by the British Film Institute, this special programme of films produced by the UK’s Central Office of Information from 1946–1950 portray an intriguing portrait of everyday life in 1940s Britain, recorded in atmospheric detail. These films, screened to huge cinema audiences in their time, aimed to put a war-weary nation back on its feet with documentary and fictional styles. The selections include ‘Worth the Risk’, a sardonic exposé of dangerous London drivers; ‘Your Children’s Meals’ offering a practical guidance to parents of fussy eaters; ‘The People at No 19’, a mini-noir thriller on the subject of venereal disease; Richard Massingham’s ‘Pool of Contentment’, a comic glimpse of a ’40s office typing pool.

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Weekend Booking Information Tickets are FREE to all daytime events and workshops during our 1st Birthday Celebrations Weekend. Please book your place to avoid disappointment by calling our Box Office on 01489 799 499. Tickets will be allocated on a first-comefirst-served basis (max. 4 tickets per caller). Our Café Bar will also be open for light refreshments.

Friday 23rd March 7.30pm

Great Expectations With the support of Hedge End Town Council we are delighted to be giving away 100 free tickets to residents of Hedge End for Hotbuckle Productions’ explosive performance of Great Expectations (see page 4). To claim your tickets (max 4 tickets per caller) please contact our Box Office on 01489 799 499. You will need to confirm your full address with Hedge End postcode.

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Titanic 2012 31st March – 3rd April 2012

Hidden History In this centenary year of the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic we take a local focus for our commemorations of those momentous events in April 1912, shedding light on some of the stories and personalities from our Borough involved in the dramatic history of the Titanic. From drama and storytelling workshops for children, the chance to experience the music played during her maiden voyage to guided theatre bus and walking tours, a special screening of A Night to Remember and much more; we bring you stories from surviving relatives, historians, authors and local specialists about the ship that was believed to be unsinkable…

Please check each event for the location.

Saturday 31st March 10.30am

A Journey into the Ice! Join us as we take a journey around the West End Titanic Trail. During this hour long tour led by an expert from the Hamble Valley Heritage Guides you’ll hear about Fred Woolley, Secretary of the Titanic Relief Fund for ‘distressed dependants of the crew’; visit the workhouse, birthplace of John Lovell, who later went on to be a Grill-Cook on Titanics maiden voyage; and visit the last resting place of Captain Rostron the heroic captain of the rescue ship Carpathia.

Saturday 31st March 10am to 4pm

Tickets: £2

The West End Museum & Heritage Centre has a host of Titanic memorabilia.

Location: departs from the Parish Centre Car park, West End and finishes at West End Museum

Tickets: FREE

Book online at or call 023 8065 2333

The West End Titanic Trail has been developed by West End Museum

Location: West End Museum & Heritage Centre, The Old Fire Station, High Street, West End SO30 3FB


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Image courtesy of The National Archives Captain Rostron and the crew of RMS Carpathia

Saturday 31st March 7.30pm Pluck present

The Titanic Show Directed by Cal McCrystal Pluck, the classical string trio with a seriously silly side, presents a tribute to the musicians who played on until the end. Nobody knows what filled the days of those brave few before tragedy struck... So Pluck have made it up! Sensitive lead violinist Wally and brutally sincere multi-instrumentalist W’Theodore are joined aboard the fated vessel by stowaway Roger, a strangely small yet enthusiastic young man. As they entertain the guests on board, tensions build as Wally and W’Theodore begin to suspect that Roger is not quite the man he claims to be… Featuring a real iceberg, one massive porthole and the biggest peanut you may ever see - and NO Celine Dion!! Tickets: £16 / £12 conc. Location: The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

“Gloriously funny”

Sunday 1st April 11am

All Aboard! Join us for a guided interactive theatre bus tour with a difference! Journey by bus through the Borough of Eastleigh and be met en-route by local characters from the story of the Titanic as you explore the key sites linked to this tragic event. Meet Captain Rostron of the Carpathia who sped through fields of ice to rescue over 700 passengers from the Titanic; Philip Curry, Manager of the White Star Line offices who had to relay news of the disaster to distraught families; and the Collyer family who left their home in Bishopstoke to start a new life in America. Led by The Hamble Valley Heritage Guides this interactive tour has been devised and researched by the Guides in collaboration with The Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre Company and The Point Youth Theatre. Tickets: £6 The tour lasts approx 90 minutes. Spaces are limited, pre-booking advised. Location: Departs from The Berry Theatre at 11am

– The Scotsman

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Sunday 1st April 2pm (doors open at 1.30pm)

Image courtesy of the Diaper Heritage Association

Titanic Symposium Unlocking the Past During this exciting symposium we bring you stories from surviving relatives, historians, authors and local specialists. “She made an impressive spectacle as she quietly glided in brilliant sunshine down Southampton Water.” - Belfast News Letter, 11 April 1912 Our host of speakers will bring the story of Titanic vividly to life. Welcomed by Dr Cheryl Butler we begin with the screening of a short film commissioned by the Diaper Heritage Association about family members who served on the Titanic. The Association have also commissioned a commemorative plaque for the West End museum to remember John Lovell Diaper.

Symposium Talks: Iceberg right ahead!

Titanic Inheritance “My grandparents’ courtship was a long-distance affair, carried out by letter over several years. Some of my grandfather’s letters survived, after he was drowned on the Titanic. The responsibility to unravel their story was now mine.” Local historian, Southampton born Mary South, MSc PhD, turns the spotlight on her family’s heritage.

Raised on the Titanic Local writer David Haisman tells the story of his mother, Titanic survivor Edith Haisman. Edith was 15 when she boarded for that fateful voyage and went on to become the world’s oldest living survivor when she reached 100 in 1997. David later joined the merchant navy as a lookout man for icebergs.

Speaker Geoff Watts, specialist researcher, heritage and tourist guide will lead you through the story of the effects on the people of Southampton of the arrival, and subsequent loss, of RMS Titanic.

Talks will be followed by a Q&A session and book signings by David Haisman and Mary South who will launch her new book on the Titanic.

She Bore Up Well

Tickets: £7 (add a cream tea for £3.50)

Professor Tom James MBE FSA reveals the content of his father’s recently-discovered diary, penned in April 1912 when his father was a curate given the task of comforting the bereaved. 16

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Tuesday 3rd April 7.30pm Coffee & Culture, Talking Texts

Everyman For Himself We explore Beryl Bainbridge’s intelligent and gripping novel that re-imagines the days and nights leading up to the disaster. Tickets: £3 (includes a tea / coffee) Location: The Berry Theatre

Events for children at The D@rt Centre

Monday 2nd April 10am – 3pm

Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats Sunday 1st April 7pm The Berry Theatre presents

A Night to Remember Welcomed by music from the repertoire played on the Titanic’s maiden voyage by The City of Southampton Titanic Quartet led by Ian Towson, join us for an intimate evening as The Berry Theatre steps back in time. Get yourself into costume and step aboard the great ship to meet actors portraying key figures in the Titanic’s story to the backdrop of a musical reception. We follow with a screening of the digitally re-mastered version of A Night to Remember - ‘the greatest sea drama in living memory’. A Night to Remember Starring Kenneth More, Michael Goodliffe, David McCallum, Laurence Naismith The new White Star Liner, the RMS Titanic. Unsinkable. Or so they thought… On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, she had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with her 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers. This spectacular film tells the story of RMS Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The film took much of its inspiration from the autobiography of Officer Lightoller who was living at Netley prior to sailing on Titanic’s maiden voyage.

Join our friends at the D@rt Centre for a fun day of activities based around Kaspar - the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic!

Storytelling 10-11am A fun storytelling session based on Michael Morpurgo’s gripping story. Suitable for ages 4+ and their grown-ups. The storytelling session will be followed by two workshops split by age group:

For ages 8+ yrs

Kaspar’s Pop-Up Theatre 11am – 3pm Taking themes from Kaspar, The Prince of Cats’ journey you’ll create your own miniature pop-up theatre and stick-puppets!

For ages 4+ yrs

Kaspar’s Creative Titanic Adventures 11am – 3pm The chance to draw postcards from Kaspar, The Prince of Cats’ journey to make an album in the style of The Jolly Postman.

Tickets: £10 including glass of wine

Tickets: £3 for storytelling or £15 for workshop + free entry to storytelling. Places must be reserved in advance.

To add to the atmosphere patrons are invited to come along in costume of the period and with your ticket you will be given the identity of a passenger on the Titanic.

To buy tickets please call 01489 779 471 The D.@rt Centre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, SO30 4EJ  

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Film Screenings 2012 Pick your film. The adventure is about to begin…

Friday 10th February 7pm

Saturday 11th February 7.30pm

The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

The Quileute’s close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.

Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70

Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70

Saturday 11th February 2pm

Monday 13th February 10am and 2pm

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (12A)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1(12A)

Puss in Boots (U)


A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.

Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.

Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70 Earlybird screenings: All 10am screening tickets £2

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Monday 13th February 7pm

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (18) Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Tuesday 14th February 7pm

The Help

(12A) Three Mississippi women from very different backgrounds build a surprising friendship during the 1960s civil rights. Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70

Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70

Date to be announced shortly tbc

War Horse (12A) Tuesday 14th February 10am and 2pm

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him.

Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.

Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked (U)

The Berry Theatre is delighted that its film programme is supported by Clarke Mews, Independent Property Agents, Botley and West End.

Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70 Earlybird screenings: All 10am screening tickets £2

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Friday 9th March 11am (Babytime), 4pm and 7pm

Friday 30th March 11am (Babytime) and 7pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game The Descendants (15) A complacent and wealthy Hawaiian landowner of Shadows (12A) is forced to reappraise his comfortable existence Robert Downey Jr. returns as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, with Jude Law once again at his side as Dr. Watson in ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’.

Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70 Babytime screening Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. (babies 0 to 18 months free)

in this comedy drama when his wife is killed in an accident. Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70 Babytime screening Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. (babies 0 to 18 months free)

Tickets Film Tickets: £6 / £5 conc / £3.70 children Earlybird screenings All 10am screening tickets £2 Berry Recommends (new and old Berry film favourites!) Babytime screening 11am screening tickets: £6 / £5 conc (babies 0 to 18 months free)

Saturday 10th March 10am and 2pm

Happy Feet Two (U) Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home – one that will take everyone working together to save them. Tickets: £6 / £5 conc. Children £3.70 Earlybird screenings: All 10am screening tickets £2


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What’s coming next? Please note screening dates may change subject to release dates. For up-to-date film programme and additions please visit To be added to our film mailing list please email or call 01489 799 499 18/1/12 11:24:58

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Get Involved Alongside our professional programme we run a busy and exciting Creative Learning programme which sits at the heart of our theatre. Through this we realise opportunities for work with schools, colleges, community groups, individuals and specialist services. We offer a programme of one-off workshops, theatre tours and range of outreach projects for young people. Our work inspires creativity, improves physical and mental well-being, builds confidence and enhances self esteem, but most importantly – it’s a lot of fun. To find out how you can get involved please contact Rob Iliffe on 023 8062 7807 or email

The Berry Youth Theatre Company Our Youth Theatre Company is open to all young people aged 8 - 16. This is your opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners to explore all aspects of theatre. Sessions take place weekly and we offer the chance to perform at The Berry Theatre and elsewhere. As the resident Company for The Berry Theatre, you’ll gain professional experience in state-of-theart facilities, developing your skills in all aspects of the theatre. For more information and term dates, contact youththeatre@ or on 023 8063 7806.

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The Berry Youth Marketing Team If you’re aged between 10 and 16 and interested in a career in arts marketing we can offer you an exciting opportunity to learn the basics of theatre marketing linked to one of our productions. For more information please contact Ellie Russell on 0238 0627 810 or email

Volunteer We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join our friendly team. You’ll join our sociable team, learn new skills and help make a success of this vibrant new theatre. We’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at or call 01489 799 499.


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Coffee & Culture Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30pm

Talking Texts

Led by Dr Mike Rogers this informal club offers the chance to explore a range of texts and authors through animated readings, discussions and more. Each session is linked to a production/film at The Berry Theatre giving you the chance to see text in action and to talk with like-minded people over tea, coffee and biscuits.

Forthcoming Sessions: 13th March 7.30 – 8.30pm

Great Expectations (see page 4) As part of Charles Dickens centenary year and prior to a new touring production of Great Expectations at The Berry Theatre on 23rd March we discuss one of the greatest authors of the Victorian period.

3rd April 7.30 – 8.30pm

Everyman For Himself (see page 17) As part of our centenary events we explore Beryl Bainbridge’s gripping novel that re-imagines the days and nights leading up to the sinking of the Date Titanic.7.30pm For all Titanic events see pages 14-17.

Company present 8th May 7.30 – 8.30pm

Shakespeare Name

(see page 3 & 8) Following our production of Romeo and Juliet and Blue Apple’s forthcoming production of Hamlet we celebrate Intro the work of William Shakespeare with selected readings body text from his plays and sonnets.

12th June 7.30 Tickets: £xx / £xx conc.–


Swallows & Amazons

Join us for Arthur Ransome’s classic summer read, Swallows & Amazons. Bring and suggest your own “quote” favourite classic summer read to discuss. – mag

Writers Corner Monday 19th March, 16th April, 14th May, 11th June, 9th July and 10th September 7 – 9pm

Writers Hub A place for all writers in Hampshire Led by local playwright Sean Tyler this monthly writers’ network is for all writers who live or work in and around Hampshire. The Hub offers you the chance to meet other writers, listen to guest speakers and develop your skills and knowledge. All members are encouraged to take an active role in deciding future speakers and events so that the network best meets the needs of its members. There is also the opportunity to get involved in new writing events including Page to Stage this summer, (see for more information). Tickets: £5 or free to New Writing South members

Tickets: £3 per session (includes tea/coffee)

To book call Box Office on 01489 799 499

Please note tickets for the films/productions are not included.

For more information and details of membership please visit

Our friends at Hedge End Library hold copies of many of these texts. Please contact them for help.


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Saturday 17th March, 21st April, 19th May, 16th June and 21st July 10am - 1pm

Writers Squad For 13 – 18 year olds

Date 7.30pm Whether it’s rap, playwriting, short stories, lyrics, poetry flash fiction that interests you, Company or present don’t miss the chance to be a part of a new and exciting young writers group.


Led by performance poet Paul Lyalls these monthly Intro sessions will introduce you to a wide range of writing styles text and support and develop your skills. You will body benefit from visits from guest writers and have the opportunity join an online community of young Tickets: £xx /to £xx conc. writers in the South East. The Squad will create a special showcase event at The Berry Theatre in July 2012.

“quote” – mag

For more information and to join please contact Justin Coe at

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Creative Writing workshops We also offer a range of Creative Writing workshops for schools and community groups. If you are interested please contact our Drama Development Officer Rob Iliffe at or on 023 8062 7807.


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Thursday 29th March 10am - 5pm

The Berry Theatre presents

Small Steps

Hosted at The Point, Eastleigh, Hampshire. Chaired by Lyn Gardner. A day of conversation, exploration and practical debate on the development of a children’s theatre ecology in the South East. Artists, venues and promoters are invited to this practical day of conversation about the development of work for young audiences in the South East region. There will be an opportunity to listen to industry leaders and keynote speakers, see three performances by local companies, engage in practical workshops and discussion based break-out groups tailored for promoters, venues, and artists and to take part in a Q&A panel discussion with leading experts in the field of work for young audiences.

Peut-être Theatre (Draw Me A Bird)

We are pleased to confirm the following industry experts and keynote speakers: award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, Director of the Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Tony Reekie and Director of the Egg Theatre Royal Bath Kate Cross. Other keynote speakers will be announced shortly. Breakout workshops and discussion groups will feature a range of topics including: exploring dramaturgical structures; playwriting; learning from best practice; practical advice on touring for companies; and making a success of children’s theatre from a venue perspective.

Unpacked (Robin and the Big Freeze)

Performances on the day from Peut-être Theatre (Draw Me A Bird), Unpacked (Robin and the Big Freeze) and Hiccup Theatre (The Owl and the Pussycat). Supported by

Tickets: £40 / £35 conc. per participant. To find out more please contact Sarah Brigham at sarah. or to book a place please contact our Box Office on 01489 799 499. Small Steps will be held at The Berry Theatre’s sister venue, The Point, Eastleigh SO50 9DE. Hiccup Theatre (The Owl and the Pussycat)


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Introducing our sister venue


The Berry Theatre’s sister venue The Point, Eastleigh welcomes over 85,000 visitors a year to a vibrant programme of dance, contemporary performance, music, comedy and children’s theatre.

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Home to a variety of dance classes for all ages and the borough’s largest professionally run youth theatre, The Point is also dedicated to the support of the region’s artistic talent through its associate scheme. Its state-of-the-art Creation Space has welcomed artists of international standing into the heart of the town. The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DE Box Office 023 8065 2333


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Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th February Evenings 7pm, Saturday matinee 2pm

West Side Story

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Barton Peveril’s production of West Side Story brings an exceptional cast of A-level Drama, Performing Arts, Music and Dance students together with talented pupils from Mountbatten, Swanmore, Thornden, Toynbee, Wildern and Wyvern schools. With professional instrumentalists and iconic choreography, this community-based project will deliver a spectacular production of one of the most challenging and exciting musicals ever written.

Tuesday 6th March 7.30pm

Sunday 18th March 3pm

career and music of the greatest female recording artist of all time, Barbra Streisand. Lisa Faye takes the audience on a musical journey through songs that Streisand brought to life with her unique style and interpretation and who, in turn, delivers the songs expertly, interjected with fun, entertaining and interesting anecdotes about Streisand and her music. As an added bonus, Lisa wears one of Barbra Streisand’s original dresses which she secured in Streisand’s 2009 charity auction in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

The Royal Marines Association Concert Band has been playing to sell-out audiences throughout the South of England. The band is made up of 50 musicians, mainly former Royal Marines and between them they boast over 1800 Years of musical experience. The concert will included popular marches to big band, theatre and film classics.

Streisand The Royal The Main Event Marines The Worshipful the Mayor of Association Eastleigh Appeal Committee A musical celebration of the life, Concert Band

In aid of Royal Marine Charities. Tickets: £14.50 / £10.50 restricted view

Tickets: £9 / £7 conc. Tickets: £15 / £13 conc.


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Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st April Evenings 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm

TITANIC – Pride of the White Star Performing Arts Company

Titanic – Pride of the White Star dramatically tells, not only the story of events of that terrible night but some of the lesser known tales of heroism and personal sacrifice of her passengers and crew. Namely our hero Charles Joughin, chief baker on Titanic who in 1956 tells a new generation the events and lessons of that tragic night. Tickets: £9 / £7.50 conc. www.performingartscompany.

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Saturday 5th May 7.30pm

Stage and Screen Southampton Concert Wind Band A night of stage and show music to put a spring in your step as Southampton Concert Wind Band makes its first visit to the Berry Theatre. There’ll be popular stage favourites and some big Screen sounds to enjoy. Musical Director Calum Gray will be your conductor and host for the evening. Sit back, relax, and get those feet tapping! Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £4 children www.southamptonconcertwindband. org

Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd May 7pm

Schools We Will Rock You Taunton’s College BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts students A futuristic tale which tells of a massive corporation, Globalsoft, which sends computer generated music to all of the people on the planet. Singing, musical instruments, and any expression of creativity, are banned. A group of rebels (the Bohemians) strive to discover the lost music, and bring down the corporation. The two heroes, Galileo and Scaramouche, discover musical instruments buried in rock, which they use to vaporise the head of the corporation. Tickets: £10 / £8 conc.


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The D@rt Centre

Wildern Lane, Hedge End SO30 4EJ The D@rt Centre, a local arts venue, is located on the Wildern School site between the Leisure Centre and The Berry Theatre. Offering a range of arts activities for all ages, our busy vibrant centre carries traditional and cuttingedge arts activities for all. Whether you wish to dance, paint, sing, act, cook or join a film society, there will be a class for you. Whether you want to rehearse, record, perform, exhibit or present we offer a range of spaces. Drop in for a coffee at our Fairtrade coffee shop with free WiFi and talk to the D@rt team to find out more

Open 4:30pm till 9:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturdays

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Support Us We are dedicated to bringing our audiences a vibrant programme of high quality drama, children’s theatre, comedy, music and film. Alongside this our ambitious Creative Learning Programme gives people from across our community the opportunity to learn new skills and experience life in a professional theatre. To achieve all this we rely on sponsorship and donations. Through the Following chances to support extraordinary talent and community engagement we would like to ask for your help:

Take Your Seat

Minimum donation £150 This scheme gives you the chance to name a seat in our auditorium supporting the theatre in a lasting and memorable way. A plate will be engraved with your choice of wording, becoming part of the theatre’s very fabric.

Become a Squarefooter £30, £50 per couple

‘Own’ a square foot of the theatre and help us to realise the theatre’s full potential. Your important contribution will be given lasting recognition on our Squarefooters name board at the entrance to the theatre space.

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Credit: Hansel and Gretel at Sweet Corner, Bishops Waltham Photography by Mightydrive

Join our Friends Scheme £30, £50 per couple

Our friends share our passion for the performingarts and creative learning. Friendship is nice, so we treat our friends. You can look forward to: • Season information and priority booking • Discounts and promotional offers on selected shows • Your name being displayed on our website • Meeting artists, staff and the Director at our annual Friends pre-show party • A membership card entitling you to promotional offers and 10% discount at our Bar

How to donate Donating is easy, simply call our Box Office on 01489 799 499 and quote the scheme you would like to donate to with your credit or debit card details at the ready. Alternatively you can send a cheque to FREEPOST RSRC-YYEA-UHUT, The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Southampton, Hants SO30 4EJ or by requesting an invoice from Ellie Russell, Marketing Officer, or 023 8062 7810


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It’s easy to book Online:

*Group bookings: One free ticket for every 10 booked for the same performance.

*Changing tickets: Tickets are non-refundable but can be changed for another performance of the same show incurring an administration fee of £1

By phone: 01489 799 499 (please note credit and debit card transactions are subject to a £1 admin fee)

*Family Friendly: Children are welcome at The Berry Theatre and we commit to programming shows and creative learning sessions each season that are suitable for all ages. Please ensure that children under the age of 10 are accompanied by an adult. If the show is suitable for children and toddlers under 18 months, they can sit on their parent/carer’s lap. Please check age restrictions at the time of booking.

In person or by post: Our Box Office will open one hour before each show and 45 minutes before each film. The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Hants SO50 9DE

Please make cheques payable to: Eastleigh Borough Council Reserved tickets are held for three working days after which they will be released for sale.

Seating plan

*Terms and conditions apply, please call our Box Office for further information.

We’re accessible… Full wheelchair access

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Concessions Concessions are available for under 18s, full-time students, senior citizens, registered disabled and registered unemployed.

The Berry Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible. This includes flat level access to our Box Office and auditorium, a lift to our facilities upstairs and wheelchair accessible seating areas. Please book wheelchair seating in advance via our Box Office on 01489 799 499 to ensure that 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. Those wishing to use this service can collect headphones from the Box Office to use during the performance.

Assistance Dogs We welcome registered assistance dogs in all areas of our building. Please talk to our Box Office staff about any special requirements when booking.

Large Print brochures and audio guides We can offer a large print version or audio version of our season brochure. Please contact our Box Office to request either.


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Travelling to the Berry Theatre By Bike

Our theatre is located on Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Hampshire and easily reached by public transport. KEY

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Wildern School) Disabled and bicycle parking available at Wildern School Park and Stride Walk 1 Shamblehurst Primary School 2 Wildern Leisure Centre 3 Wildern Secondary School




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By Car From the M27, take junction 7 towards Hedge End village. At the traffic lights in the village, turn left down Wildern Lane. The Berry Theatre is 200m down the road on your right.

Parking is available at the following location: Budgens, Upper Northam Road, Hedge End,




Wildern School next to the theatre has space for 146 bicycles to be stored under cover in an open, visible area where they can easily be locked for safe keeping.


By Bus We can be reached by numerous bus services which stop directly outside The Berry Theatre.

SO30 4DY Thanks to our friends at Budgens there are 92 FREE parking spaces just five minutes walk from the theatre. To use Eastleigh Borough Council’s popular “Park and Stride” facility, park at the store and follow the signs along the short walk to the theatre.

Bluestar 3 offers an hourly service between Southampton and Hedge End via Bitterne, 7 days a week. Call: 0871 200 2233.

Wildern School, Wildern Lane, Hedge End

The Velvet A offers an hourly service from Boorley Green, Botley, Hedge End, West End and Eastleigh, 7 days a week. Call: 023 8061 2288.

There is limited parking available on the Wildern School site for evening performances. Please park courteously.

SO30 4EJ No parking on site for daytime performances.

The Brijan 8 service offers an hourly service from Bishops Waltham, Swanmore, Botley, Hedge End, Fair Oak, Colden Common and Eastleigh, Mon - Sat. Call: 01489 788138.

Hiring The Berry Theatre

The First 26 service links Fareham, Botley, Hedge End Hamble and Netley, Mon- Sat service. For travel advice call 023 80224 854.

The Berry Theatre is available for community and commercial hires. Our theatre boasts a state-ofthe-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.

By Train Hedge End train station is 1.5 miles from the theatre. The station is served by lots of local taxi companies which can be booked in advance. Trains run directly from Eastleigh and Winchester to the North West and Botley and Fareham to the East.

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For further information email or call 01489 779 435.


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F Film M Music C Comedy

E Event GI Get Involved

At a glance February



1st E All Aboard! – Titanic 1st E Titanic Symposium – Unlocking the Past 1st F/E A Night to Remember – Titanic 2nd CT Titanic Workshops – The D@rt Centre 3rd GI Talking Text, Coffee and Culture – Everyman for Himself 14th CT Universarama – Squashbox Theatre 16th GI Writers Hub 18th - 21st CP Titanic – Pride of the White Star – Performing Arts Company 21st GI Writers Squad 27th C Terry Alderton 2012 Tour 28th CT The Stortyteller & Saturday Funtime

March 1st - 3rd

T Romeo and Juliet – The Point Youth Theatre 6th CP Streisand – The Main Event – The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastleigh Appeal Committee 9th F Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 10th F Happy Feet Two 13th GI Talking Text, Coffee and Culture Great Expectations 16th & 17th T Strawberries & Steam – The Berry Youth Theatre 17th GI Writers Squad 18th CP The Royal Marines Association Concert Band 19th GI Writers Hub 23rd T Great Expectations – Hotbuckle Productions 24th E 1st Birthday Celebrations supported by Hedge End Town Council 24th M Polly and the Billets Doux 25th F Nostalgic Sunday – supported by Hedge End Town Council 29th E Small Steps Symposium 30th F The Descendants 31st E A Journey into the Ice! – Titanic 31st M The Titanic Show - Pluck

May 3rd 5th 8th

CT Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales CP Southampton Concert Wind Band GI Talking Text, Coffee and Culture – Shakespeare 10th T Hamlet – Blue Apple Theatre 14th GI Writers Hub 18th T Equus – London Classic Theatre 19th GI Writers Squad 22nd & 23rd CP Schools (We) Will Rock You – Taunton College 26th C Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show

June 2nd

T Love on the Tracks – The Watermill Theatre 11th GI Writers Hub 12th GI Talking Text, Coffee and Culture – Swallows & Amazons 15th & 16th CT A Real Princess – Welsh National Opera 16th GI Writers Squad 23rd CT The Stortyteller & Saturday Funtime

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F Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol 11th CT The Storyteller Royal Rumpus 11th F The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 11th F The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn 13th F Puss in Boots 13th F The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 14th F Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwreked 14th F The Help 23rd - 25th CP West Side Story – Barton Peveril Sixth Form College 29th T Romeo and Juliet – The Point Youth Theatre

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The Berry Theatre  

The Berry Theatre, Hedge End offers a broad programme of drama, comedy, music and film and places a specific focus on work for children and...