Eastleigh’s Point theatre, owned and managed by the borough council, is co-sponsoring a 30 date national tour of major UK venues by a Polish theatre company called ‘Song of the Goat’.
The Teatr Pieśń Kozła are bringing their unique interpretation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish Play’ to some of the UK’s greatest cities – London, Brighton, Manchester, Birmingham ,Cambridge and…Eastleigh where the tour kicks off tonight.
The tour is also being underwritten by the Arts Council (currently facing a round of spending cuts) and the Polish Adam Mickiewicz institute.
The point receives a £350,000 year subsidy from Eastleigh council taxpayers and also received a £3.5 million grant for the recent phase 3 extension – funded by Eastleigh Council and the Arts Council.
However, even with this generous level of financial support a freedom of information request last year revealed the Point had lost over £1.5 million between 2006 -2008 – £790,000 of which were in management costs.
Despite subsidising the tour, Eastleigh audiences will have to fork out extra for a ticket.
Tickets for the show are £12 at the Point but only £10 in Manchester.
Eastleigh OAPs who would like to see the show will have to pay £10 for the privilege while they could get in for only £6 at Cambridge.
Sarah Brigham director of the point who flew out to Poland to see the production described it as “absolutely amazing – beautifully spoken and explosively staged.”
As well a video trailer the point has also commissioned a flashy website for the tour, with lots of show info plus tickets prices and workshops.
This prosperous city with its beautiful and historic centre is the fourth largest city in Poland. Some lucky members of the audience will get a chance to see it for themselves with a chance to win a weekend away there by answering a questionnaire.
It is not often a small provincial town like Eastleigh gets to sponsor a major national theatre tour and it is hoped that Wroclaw council will be reciprocating with an offer to arrange a 30 day tour of Poland for a local Eastleigh company.
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