Eastleigh theatres get Govt cash boost

Live arts audiences in Eastleigh are being helped to get back to pre-pandemic levels with a fresh injection of cash from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

The Point Eastleigh and its sister venue The Berry Theatre in Hedge End have been allocated £96,000 in this latest round of funding which has seen 142 venues receive a share of £35 million.

The £1.57 billion recovery fund was initially announced in July 2020 by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a “one-off investment” to help cultural organisations through the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

So far a total of £849 million has been distributed.

This financial support marks the third round of awards from the Fund and is another vital investment in the future of both theatres, which are owned and operated by Eastleigh Borough Council.

The Point and The Berry Theatre have been safely and socially reopening to their audiences by scheduling a programme of varied events for their audiences and local communities, operating at 80% capacity and accommodating social distancing where applicable.

The funding will support this programming in addition to staffing, overheads, and the venues’ commitment to be inclusive and sustainable.

Councillor Tonia Craig, Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Policy, said:

“It is great news that the talented team running our theatres have managed to secure this additional funding. It has been an important lifeline during successive lockdowns and has allowed the team to develop the excellent programmes that are currently in place this Winter and for Spring 2022.”

Creative Director of The Point Charlotte Hall said:

“Our commitment to providing fantastic creative experiences for our communities has not waned and this crucial funding helps us to deliver on this during continued times of challenge.

“This funding, alongside the continued support of Eastleigh Borough Council and the Arts Council, helps us to ensure our community can continue to enjoy creative experiences over the coming weeks and months and long into the future.”






Laura Slominski

I'm a Community Reporter for Eastleigh News and a Creative Writing BA Hons graduate of the University of Winchester. My interests are music, culture and the arts. I also contribute to OriginalRock.net.