The Wikipedia Page for The Point in Eastleigh has been nobbled, in one of the more spectacular hoaxes that has affected the Council-run facility.
Updated on 1st August, the page now describes The Point in the past tense, the first paragraph of which reads;
The Point was a theatre and dance studios for contemporary performance and contemporary dance in the South of England. Owned and operated by Eastleigh Borough Council and funded by the local tax payer, via a yearly budgeted allowance that was set by full council.
The second paragraph on the revised Wikipedia page is a little more controversial and contains no citations to support the claims. It refers to a fictitious announcement from Eastleigh Borough Council on 31st July, to the effect that The Point is to close at the end of September.
We’ve carefully trawled the EBC website looking for that announcement of 31st July and it simply doesn’t exist. The announcement hasn’t landed in our inbox either.
We have, however, received a list of forthcoming events at The Point and The Point’s website continues to list a full programme of events which extends well into 2014.
That programme includes next weeks production of Miss Saigon, by the Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre. Earlier in the year, Eastleigh News reviewed the CPYT production of Cats. There were some remarkable performances that evening, and Miss Saigon promises to be every bit as good. The show runs from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th August, at The Point. Don’t miss it…!