The year in culture - The Point’s 2017 cultural highlights
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As 2017 draws to a close we’re feeling nostalgic here at The Point as we look back on another spectacular year of culture. Culture – something which is so integral to us and our lives and, we hope, yours too.  

We love the arts, and particularly the power of diverse performance, for its ability to change people’s perspective, to educate us on subjects we knew little about, and for the pure joy theatre, dance, film (and other mediums of performance and art) can bring to us, perhaps at a time when we need it the most.

As we close our winter season with an astonishing Youth Theatre show which features an impressive ensemble cast of 52 young people, we celebrate another memorable year. In its 21st year The Point retained its NPO status; the creative team programmed 36 unique professional shows; Eastleigh Unwrapped and Eastleigh Film Festival were attended by hundreds of new people; 130 young people were engaged in drama workshops, and countless more adults and families in different experiences, in and around our venue.  

Every season The Point strives to keep moving you, and we hope we did just that this year.

As we look forward to the future we celebrate the cultural highlights of 2017...

At The Point

Sharp, witty, 90’s-set comedy drama Education, Education, Education from one of the country’s most exciting emerging company’s the Wardrobe Ensemble.

The Best Thing; a silent, bitter-sweet journey into the 1960’s by Vamos Theatre which many found profoundly moving.

Eastleigh Film Festival welcomed over 500 people in September, a highlight for our team was watching Die Hard 2 in an airport hangar, surrounded by private jets, in a memorable cinematic event.

Captivating contemporary dance fused with hip hop by Avant Garde in Fagin’s Twist; one of the year’s most impressive professional dance works.

Action-packed mega-fun The Gingerbread Man from The Point Youth Theatre, performed in the Creation Space.

Our drama team worked with 600 primary school pupils this year on Story Shuffle; a bespoke writing-based project which saw young people around the county engage in creative writing workshops.

Beyond yonder venue

Although our team are wholeheartedly biased towards what we see here, we do get out too. Here’s a bunch of our performance and cultural highlights from the year.

Awe-inspiring visits to the British Museum, learning about our history in a beautiful environment – and for free!

Seeing Jack O’Connell – one of country’s fastest rising stars and diverse actors – on the West End in a contemporary retelling of Tennessee William’s brooding family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Going underground at Alice’s Adventures for a surprising show that bursts with imagination, performed in one of the capital’s best venues.

Sensational production values and inimitable live music in Dreamgirls, the West End’s best new musical.

Watching A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) and Hot Brown Honey at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe.

Visiting Manchester’s Old Trafford for the gig of a lifetime – Radiohead.

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