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Kieran James

NCTJ trained. Previously Assistant Community Reporter for The News, Portsmouth. Sport and gig reviews are my passion.

Live Review: The Circus of Horrors at Theatre Royal Winchester

As the packed out crowd waited until Dok Haze’s Circus of Horrors began, a Halloween themed song took to the speakers leaving the Theatre Royal Winchester tense. Dok Haze was amazing throughout as him and his circus provided incredible entertainment with some stunts not for the faint-hearted. In fact the first twenty minutes the crowd were invited to…

Production company changes up The Point’s foyer

Spot On Productions is completely changing The Point’s foyer this week to bring Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed song cycle to this intimate venue. Songs For A New World has been a mainstay for musical theatre aficionados since it was originally staged Off-Broadway in 1995. It is an abstract musical performed by a cast of four,…

Theatre Royal Winchester granted Arts Award Centre status

This month Theatre Royal Winchester was granted Arts Award Centre status. The highly regarded accreditation means that the theatre is now a hub for children and young people seeking support in their journeys to become and grow as artists and art leaders, and it will inspire them to take part in, and connect with, the…

New dance classes for elderly people designed to prevent falls

The old adage says prevention is better than cure … Eastleigh Borough Council has partnered with Hampshire County Council to launch an innovative falls prevention programme led by its leading contemporary arts venue, The Point. Designed to work with residents over the age of 65 who want to be more mobile and/or need to build…

Mum to run London Marathon for children’s eye health scheme

A mother is putting her best foot forward and running the London Marathon for a charity that helps educate teachers, parents and children about sight loss. Sue Walker will be running the gruelling 26-mile race to raise money for the Eye Health Education scheme, run by Open Sight Hampshire, which provides information about visual impairment conditions,…

Town set for the big Eastleigh 10k

A sell out entry of  2900 runners are set to take part in the 35th Hendy Eastleigh 10K road race on Sunday 24 March at 9am. Sponsored by Hendy, runners will pour into the borough from throughout the UK and abroad and compete for over £3000 worth of prizes in the event that will be…

Eastleigh lose 1-0 to Barrow at home

Jack Hindle scored the only goal of the game as Ben Strevens’ Spitfires slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to in-form Barrow at The Silverlake Stadium. In front of 1738 spectators, Barrow had the better of the early exchanges on a windy afternoon with John Rooney and Dan Jones both spurning decent opportunities.…

Free Family-Friendly Activities at England v Pakistan One-Day International

The Ageas Bowl is pleased to confirm a host of free, family-friendly activities will be available on-site for England’s Royal London ODI against Pakistan on Saturday 11th May. These off-field activities, all of which can be enjoyed for free, include a climbing wall, giant inflatables, laser quest, power-hitting net, catching challenge and kids coaching, as well…

Get your boss arrested for charity

Has your boss become too big for their boots? Are they grinding your gears? Do they need a time out? Teach them a lesson by getting them arrested and banished to prison, only to be released after raising bail of £999! Naomi House & Jacksplace is asking members of the public to charge their boss…

Hat Fair is looking for volunteers

The Live Theatre Winchester Trust, the charity that runs Hat Fair – the UK’s longest running Outdoor Arts Festival – is looking for volunteers to help at this year’s festival. Hat Fair 2019 runs from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July. The festival takes place throughout the city centre on Friday and Saturday and at…

Barton Peveril’s Rock Challenge Success

A group of Barton Peveril students placed fourth in the Southampton Rock Challenge UK heats, at Southampton’s O2 Guildhall, on Monday 6th March. The annual event sees more than 40 local schools and colleges compete over six days, showcasing their dance, choreography, and performance skills to earn their place in a regional final. Both first…

Circus of Horrors heads to Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of sword swallowing, knife throwing and daredevil acrobatics will love the new show by the world-renowned Circus of Horrors, which rolls in to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 17 March. Circus of Horrors’ Psycho Asylum features a range of bizarre horror and burlesque acts – including twisted contortionists, flaming hula hoop dancers, hair hangers…

Council urge to ‘Keep Rats Away’

Mild winters can lead to an increase in the number of rats – especially around ponds, lakes and other areas where food is put out for birds and other wildlife. Residents are being reminded not to scatter food on the ground when they visit our country parks or nature reserves – and to use bird…

Eastleigh get back to winning ways away to Chesterfield

Despite last Saturday’s blip, Ben Streven’s Spitfires have now won six out of their last seven games as they beat Chesterfield away in a 3-2 victory yesterday. Joey Jones provided a stunning late winner as Eastleigh boosted their National League play-off hopes. Jones let fly from distance with seven minutes remaining to move the Spitfires…