Past community events and projects
PoeMH: Poetry and Mental Health Schools Project
The Spring worked with Warblington Partnership Board on a project about the mental health of young people. The project brought together students (ranging from infant through to secondary school ages) from seven local schools to work with Joseph Coelho, a fantastic published children’s author and poet. Students explored emotions that young people today feel regularly and wrote poems expressing this. These poems were the building block used to create two short films produced by professional film-production company Millstream Productions.
The films include the poetry that the young people wrote, alongside animations that bring the words to life. The message of these powerful films encourages any young person who is dealing with negative emotions to speak to an adult they trust. These films will be used as a tool to discuss the topic of Mental Health in schools and the local community.
This project has been funded by Councillor Jackie Branson, Arts Council England, Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council and D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Family Festival 2018
We chose a gardening theme for our Family Festival in 2018 with special events for families to have fun and get creative together.
Families came along to our special pop-up gardens to help the head gardeners prepare for a very royal party! Performers from Brymore Productions helped everyone have a great time creating a garden and helping the Queen Bee's party go with a swing..
We sent out 1,000 free craft packs to local community venues, and our free pop-up events, half-term workshops and fun day at The Spring engaged around 200 people from in and around Havant Borough.
The festival culminated with a family fun day at The Spring which included a performance of Sidney's Shed by Rhubard Theatre Company. As well as the show, we had extra activities taking place all around the building for families to enjoy, including giant strolling gardeners, bug hotel crafts and creating birdfeeders out of cereal!
In October 2017 Story Pocket Theatre brought their acclaimed children's show Storyteller, Storyteller to local libraries across the borough.The Havant library tour was presented by The Spring in association with House and Hampshire Libraries, with support from Arts Council England, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Hampshire County Councillor Ann Briggs and Havant Borough Councillor Faith Ponsonby.
Havant at Home
In July 2017 we held Havant at Home, a one-day festival to celebrate Havant as a great place to live and work. For this special day, we filled Havant Park with free performances, activities and events alongside community stands and some tasty food and drink.
Despite the rain many came along to join in the fun.
Labels Schools Tour
In September 2016, we were delighted to welcome Joe Sellman-Leava to The Spring with his award-winning show Labels. With its themes of racism, immigration and displacement, this show is highly relevant in today's climate, and so we have decided to take this show on tour to local secondary schools. We hope that this will give young people an opportunity to engage in a story that may be different to their own, raising awareness of the forms racial intolerance can take and challenging negative attitudes.
Marvellous Magic Family Festival 2017
For 2017 our annual Family Festival was about all things magical! We had events and activities across the Havant Borough, including free craft packs to make your own wand, magical pop-ups in local venues, and a day at The Spring with two performances of The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Blunderbus.
The Marvellous Magic Family Festival was supported by Arts Council England, the Ernest Cook Trust, The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust, Hampshire County Councillor Ann Briggs and Havant Borough Councillor Tim Pike.
Fairytales Gone Bad
In October 2016 we welcomed back award-winning poet Joseph Coelho with his new family show, Fairytales Gone Bad. The performance toured across four libraries and community centres in Havant Borough.
This project was funded by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, Arts Council England, and the Ernest Cook Trust.
Keeping Safe Online: Schools Project
Students from seven Havant schools featured in two short films with a message about keeping safe online. Click here to find out more about the project and to view the final videos.
This project was funded by Hampshire Police Crime Commission via the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, Novatech, Arts Council England and the Ernest Cook Trust.
Little Artist: Big Painting
The Spring headed to Waterlooville Precinct for a free outdoor dance performance for under 5s from Commotion Dance.
Streetspeare was a schools performance project which encouraged young people to embrace the spirit of Shakespeare by having a go themselves. Students from three local schools – Park Community School, Purbrook Park School and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School – worked with Fluid Motion Theatre Company on abridged versions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream which they performed outdoors this June in Leigh Park Gardens and Staunton Country Park.
With A Little Bit of Luck
For one night only in May 2016, The Spring and resident youth-music organisation Music Fusion turned our theatre into a night-club. Young people worked with Music Fusion to create their own tracks – inspired by a song from the year they were born – which they performed alongside the theatre performance With A Little Bit of Luck (presented by Paines Plough and Latitude Festival) and a late-night set by DJ Luck and MC Neat.
Upbeat was the final part of a three year project, run in collaboration with Forest Forge Theatre Company, which explored the stories of the people and communities of Hampshire. Upbeat focused on the waterways of the county and was partly inspired by the stories of Havant locals who have lived or worked on the borough’s waterfronts.Alongside the professional production, students from Horndean Technology College worked with a musical director to create their own piece of folk-inspired music that they then performed at The Spring in March 2016 as a curtain raiser to the main performance.
A Monster Family Festival 2016
In March 2016, The Spring went monster-mad with its second annual Family Festival which included pop-up events at Leigh Park Community Centre and the Acorn Centre in Wecock Farm. Families were encouraged to get creative with free craft packs, containing the materials and instructions to make a cute woolly monster at home. Activities at The Spring included a monster-themed museum trail, a fun-day of theatre with performances of My Pet Monster and Me, free craft activities and a creepy-crawly petting zoo. Over 1450 people took part in 2016, making it our busiest Family Festival ever!
Performances at Park Theatre, Community School
In autumn 2015, The Spring took two performance out of the building to the new theatre at Park Community School in Leigh Park. Audiences enjoyed a night of comedy with Lee Nelson and the family show The Snow Dragon.
In November 2015, The Spring went on tour across the borough with the family spoken-word and theatre show Pop-Up Flashback by award winning poet Joseph Coelho. The show was performed at libraries and community centres across Havant. It told the story of a young boy whose imagination takes him beyond his everyday life using giant pop-up books and poetry.
No More Worries
Following their autumn 2014 visit to The Spring, spoken-word poet, Simon Mole and Theatre Director, Peader Kirk returned in November 2015 with their new show No More Worries which was inspired by the search for the perfect road-trip and the need to ‘get away from it all’.
Alongside their performance at The Spring, Simon and Peader ran a workshop with students from Park Community School and held a pop-up event with members of the local community.
Dr Longitude’s Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie
In August 2015 we presented four fantastical outdoor events as we took Dr Longitude’s Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie into Hayling Island Park and Leigh Park Gardens.
Over 1000 people joined us over two days for free theatre performances, circus skills workshops, balloon modelling, face-painting and other activities.
A Dino-Adventure Family Festival
In March 2015, 800 people took part in our dinosaur themed family festival across Havant. Families could get involved by collecting one of 1000 free craft packs from libraries and community centres across the borough, joining us for one of two free pop-up events at community venues and visiting The Spring to see a live theatre performance of Stone and Bones, enjoy some free craft and meet a ‘real-life’ monster puppet.
Undress Your Mind
Music Fusion are the youth music charity who are based in our building. We worked in partnership with them on a special project funded by the Wellcome Trust. Young people from Havant worked with professional researchers in Sexology from Solent University along with Music Fusion’s team and The Spring to explore and create music inspired by conversations about love, lust, sex and consent.
The resulting spoken word and music pieces were presented at The Spring before the participants travelled to London to perform at The Roundhouse. Two pieces of work by our group were chosen to accompany The Wellcome Trust’s Undress Your Mind exhibition in London.
Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair
Throughout autumn 2014 we worked with pupils from Park Community School on a project with spoken word artist Simon Mole and theatre Director Peader Kirk.
16 teenage girls took part in weekly workshops and wrote poetry inspired by a family meal. They performed these at a special event that saw audience members share a meal before enjoying Simon Mole’s professional performance.
Working with Motiv8 youth services we have developed and delivered projects working with young people in Havant Borough. We have provided opportunities for them to see work and take part in professional workshops. Young people involved in the project have also received ArtsAwards – nationally recognised qualifications – for their work.