The Point and The Berry Theatre love introducing families to theatre and dance for the first time, and their exciting Theatre for Families programme guarantees there is something for audiences of all ages to enjoy.
For The Berry Theatre’s summer season a host of animals take the starring roles in the theatre for families offer. On Saturday 24th June audiences can enjoy watching the blossoming friendship between The Girl and the Giraffe, as Half Moon presents this 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! This family musical comes to the Hedge End venue on Saturday 15th July and features music by Al and Sam of The Hoosiers.
Tickets for The Berry Theatre’s family theatre shows are £8 and £6 children, with special family offers available.
For budding theatre-makers the theatre has the perfect summer holidays experience, as the drama team directs Play in a Week (Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August) taking on the challenge to stage Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Places are limited for this week-long experience, with tickets priced at £130 and a special sibling discount of half price for a second child.
The ever popular Saturday Storytime is also back on select weekends. Join professional theatre-makers as they take young children on a journey into a story wood full of song, games and captivating tales. The series encourages attendees to become involved with their own narratives and characters and is a perfect introduction into the theatre and storytelling for young people. Tickets are £3 for adult and child.
Over at sister venue The Point, Eastleigh, the venue is doing things a bit differently as they throw open their doors and take their work outside. The two week Summer Social is about getting involved, getting together and enjoying some great experiences; kicking off with a cèilidh from the fantastic Threepenny Bit on Friday 9th June.
On Saturday 17th June get ready for Eastleigh Town Centre to be filled with stunning aerial theatre, circus, interactive performance and live music. Eastleigh Unwrapped is a free outdoor festival bringing the best companies and performers to Eastleigh, for all the family to enjoy. Highlights include Lori Hopkins’s one woman puppet show The Explorer – an unexpected crash-landing on unusual island and a whole host of surprises; the magical, mobile micro-theatre The OakMobile by Talking Birds, offering audiences a peaceful forest glade full of sights, smells and sounds of nature; Team Extreme’s skate park will be packed with thrilling BMX-biking demos and the chance to give it a go yourself; and Top Banana guide families through their fun circus skills workshops.
There are further opportunities to get involved and have some fun at The Point’s Open Day on Sunday 11th June– come and enjoy a day full of fun and free activities from dance classes and interactive backstage tours to family film screenings and acting workshops.
At the beginning of June children aged 4 months to 4 years and their grown-ups, are invited to roll, squeeze and pop themselves through the squishiest, squashiest show by Big Imaginations and Turned On Its Head. Sponge (Wednesday 4th June) is a soft, bouncy adventure through playtime and dreamtime, set to a funky disco soundtrack. Go on a journey through springy environments, fascinating in shape, texture and touch.
Both venues also offer an array of family films – allowing you to catch all those animated adventures you didn’t see at cinemas the first time round, with ticket prices starting at just £3 for earlybird 10am screenings – and a host of dance, music and theatre shows from our community performance programme.
The Point and The Berry Theatre’s programme of family shows offer a fantastic introduction to theatre for young children. For a full line-up of events and to book tickets visit www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk or www.theberrytheatre.co.uk or phone the Box Office on 023 8065 2333.