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Autumn season

Autumn season 19 July 2017

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre is a popular venue with people in Havant, but on the basis of the autumn programme, The Spring deserves to be known far more widely. The team here at The Spring have come up with a stunning mix of live shows, films, talks and events that will be attractive to visitors of all ages. Here are just a few of the highlights.

What do you think of when you hear the name of Joan of Arc? Possibly not a gender warrior in the shape of drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, who presents a fearless show that explores what it means to stand up, stand out and stand alone, complete with uproarious songs.

This refreshing show offers a new way of looking at the situation of the underdog – 15th century thought would dictate that anyone who dressed up in men’s clothing must surely be a witch – and is also particularly appropriate in the current climate of debate about gender stereotyping.

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Storyteller, Storyteller Library Tour
In complete contrast, we have an event intended for a very young audience – ages 3+ in fact! Travelling around four local libraries, Storypocket Theatre will explore what happens when two storytellers turn up to the same place and each thinks they are the best. Their confrontation leads to a feast of clowning with an element of magic.


Book your tickets in advance, for no upfront cost, and then decide what you think the show is worth after you’ve seen it!

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Murder in the Museum
A Beyond the Stage Event
A baffling case of murder will be played out around the murky museum in the evening shadows; the story is set in the 1940s, so put on your sleuthing shoes and deerstalker hat to try to solve the mystery – you might even win a bottle of bubbly! There’ll be special references to our local history too.

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David Starkey
Henry VIII – The First Brexiteer?
The Spring is delighted to welcome historian and broadcaster David Starkey CBE to speak about his unique perspective on Henry VIII. A brilliant academic, writer and director, who is never less than controversial, David Starkey became fascinated by Henry’s story while studying the Tudor king for his PhD thesis at Cambridge. His talk will highlight the contemporary resonance of a king whose tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics, and who effectively invented the idea of English uniqueness.

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Santa in Love
Just in case you haven’t started thinking about what to do with the children at Christmas – The Spring has come up with an irresistible offering called Santa in Love.

Presented by The People’s Theatre Company, this show is for all young ones and their families, and runs for just one hour. It’s all about Christmas secrets; where does the fairy on the top of the tree come from? Why do you never see a Christmas elf? And what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman?

Guaranteed to be full of music and laughter, Santa in Love is the perfect way to celebrate with the family at your local museum and arts centre.

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Exhibition on Screen – David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts
Exhibition on Screen is an exciting new project that creates films about important art exhibitions and brings them to cinemas and other venues such as The Spring.

On Thursday 21 November at 8pm, the Spring will host a showing of David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts. Director Phil Grabsky has focused on Hockey’s two blockbuster exhibitions at the Royal Academy in 2012 and 2016 to craft an intimate and revealing portrait of one of Britain’s most popular artists and his work,

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For more information and for press tickets, contact Natalie Watson, Marketing Manager at The Spring

023 9224 9062