Hedge End’s new theatre is still without a manager and the evidence of neglect by Eastleigh Council is literally growing. A sign installed only weeks ago is all but invisible from the pavement in Wildern Lane as surrounding bushes are not being cut back. I can’t help feeling that if there was an on-site manager this would have been spotted and dealt with.
The box office for The Berry is still being run out of The Point. This is confusing, particularly when tickets for events at The Berry are sent out with instructions how to get to The Point in Eastleigh.
Hedge End Blogger recently pointed out that there was no mention of The Berry in the June edition of “Borough News” which showcased “Summer in Eastleigh”.
It is unfair to give the impression that there is nothing going on at The Berry during the summer months. They have arranged some interesting films and stand-up comedy, there are three community hires for local amateur groups and the scheduling for children is strong. All this is excellent, but it wouldn’t have hurt to have mentioned it in the “Borough News” and give some publicity for the hardworking team at The Berry.
What is worrying is that after the excitement of the opening week there is not much serious theatre for grown-ups. In fact between “Austen’s Women” on 8th April and “Oh What a Lovely War” on 30th September there is nothing in the theatre strand at all. That’s nearly half the first year during which The Berry is not being used to its full potential.
It is supposed to be a community theatre, not a cinema or comedy club, or indeed a school theatre.
Let’s hope there is plenty to excite us again when the new season is announced soon and we can forget the disappointing Act II and look forward to Act III.