The Point announces summer season
The Point has announced its busy summer season, featuring family theatre, comedy, dance, circus, a six-week Summer Social, the 10th European Aerial Dance Festival and the return of the venue’s annual outdoor festival Eastleigh Unwrapped.
Following a successful pilot last year, the venue brings back its Summer Social (27th June to 4th August) – this year extending it to six weeks to make the most of the light evenings. Inviting audiences and local residents outdoors, the venue will offer an array of cinema experiences, live music, family fun and wellbeing workshops, all to be enjoyed at their outside garden stage and pop-up bar – with plenty of food and drink on offer too. During the six-week social there will be the chance to enjoy a line-up of local bands at Friday’s The Garden Sessions; puppetry, circus skills and drama for children from ages 5 and up on Saturday mornings at Drama and Arts Club; classic movies screened as the sun sets in Outdoor Cinema; and uplifting Yoga for all abilities on the park during Wellbeing Sundays.
Kicking off the Summer Social is the seventh annual Eastleigh Unwrapped (22nd June). The Point’s free outdoor festival brings the best UK and international companies and performers to Eastleigh, offering a jam-packed day of performance and activity on Leigh Road Recreation Ground. Highlights will include a seven metre high tree-like structure with bungee aerial and dance from physical theatre company Highly Sprung; a travelling machine for families The Flycycle by festival regulars Pif-Paf; and Folk Dance Remixed will lead festival-goers in a Street Dance Maypole workshop following their performance of Step Hop House a quirky and colourful collision of maypole, clogging, street and African dance.
The Point’s indoor summer programme doesn’t disappoint. In May @HOME artists Joli Vyann present their new circus/acrobatic show Anima (16th May). Comedy fans can catch the best new comedy talent in the Pre-Edinburgh Festival previews (29th June & 27th July), with stand-up from Will Mars, Stephen Carlin, Josh Berry and Lois Mills. For families timeless classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar has made its way off the page and onto the stage, with the critically acclaimed production showing in June and celebrating 50 very hungry years. Plus The Point Youth Theatre takes to the stage bringing one of the most enduring figures of Arthurian legend and Welsh folklore to vibrant life in The Tales of Merlin (1st to 3rd August).
The European Aerial Dance Festival (EADF) (5th to 17th August) welcomes participants from around the globe at all levels of their aerial practice, offering two weeks of training in Cyr Wheel, trapeze, acrobatics, corde lisse, aerial yoga, vertical dance and a host of other aerial skills. The Point is delighted to continue to host this event, now in its 10th year, in partnership with aerial performance company and @HOME artists Gravity & Levity.
EADF is just one of the many opportunities to participate at The Point during the summer season, with an extensive programme of training and development for young dancers, graduates and dance artists on offer. Summer also sees the launch of two new classes as part of the venue’s wide-ranging dance class programme. On Mondays children aged 5-11 can learn Yoga in a fun and inspiring way through storytelling and games (Yoga for Kids, Mondays 4.15pm-5.15pm); and run in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the Eastleigh venue now hosts Steady and Strong dance classes on Wednesdays at 2pm-3pm for those aged 65+ – a blend of exercises to improve strength and balance; helping to support people to regain and maintain their strength and balance, which are vital for avoiding falls and living life independently. Steady and Strong is part of The Point’s ongoing commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of local Eastleigh Borough residents.