Visitors praised the variety and quality of the event, which ran all day on Saturday 5 October and attracted hundreds of visitors.
There was a full house on four productions and almost 600 tickets sold. The footfall was greater though, as there were a variety of drop-in sessions throughout the day.
“Saturday was a lovely occasion and reflects the true spirit of The Spring,” said one visitor. “The happy, relaxed, busy, friendly atmosphere was obvious the moment one walked through the door. The staff were welcoming and there was plenty for everyone to enjoy, from the youngest to the not-so-young. An excellent experience. Well done.”
Spectacularly brilliant duo
“I’ve never seen a show like it,” another said of Frisky and Mannish: Pop Lab, the headline event for Jump In!
The duo were described as “spectacularly brilliant”, “very funny, very clever” and “absolutely superb”. It was not the only full house. Musician Mitch Benn (“great!), The Spitfire Sisters and I Believe in Unicorns (“absolutely fabulous, the narrator was amazing”) sold out too.
Feedback for It's True, it's True, It’s True, a contemporary take on a rape trial from 1612, was similarly effusive: “A brilliant piece of theatre. We missed it at The Fringe and were delighted to see it at The Spring.”
“A friendly place, full of big ideas”
A talk on big cats, inspired by the Hayling Island Swamp Cat (which is a much loved part of the display in the Spring museum) was described as “absolutely fascinating! It was a topic which we knew nothing about, and Rick Minter was a real expert who debunked the myths and gave us the facts.”
One comment summed up the day - and The Spring: “Such a friendly and welcoming place, full of big ideas, so much to offer, for all tastes.”
The Spring’s Amy Stone said: “We aimed for something for everyone so that it would really reflect our regular programme. Like most of the things that happen at The Spring, we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers, so a big shout out to them. The day went superbly well. We were really pleased with the turnout and the feedback.”