Joan - Friday 13 October at 8pm, and tickets cost £12.50, or £11.25 for concessions.

What do you think of when you hear the name of Joan of Arc? Possibly not a gender warrior in the shape of drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, who presents a fearless show that explores what it means to stand up, stand out and stand alone, complete with uproarious songs.

This refreshing show offers a new way of looking at the situation of the underdog – 15th century thought would dictate that anyone who dressed up in men’s clothing must surely be a witch – and is also particularly appropriate in the current climate of debate about gender stereotyping. “I think we all have femininity and masculinity within us, and it’s our social surroundings, family and upbringing, and our own choices, that mould the balance between the two. A lot of that comes from social pressure, and that makes people behave in ways they don’t want, in order to conform.” Lucy Jane Parkinson

Storyteller, Storyteller Library Tour - In complete contrast, we have an event intended for a very young audience – ages 3+ in fact! Travelling around four local libraries, Storypocket Theatre will explore what happens when two storytellers turn up to the same place and each thinks they are the best. Their confrontation leads to a feast of clowning with an element of magic.

Storypocket Theatre are a family theatre company dedicated to bringing both classic and original children's stories to the stage in a magical, inventive and exciting way, creating imaginative journeys for children that they hope will lead to a love of stories and theatre.

This event is brought to you by The Spring’s innovative ‘Beyond the Walls’ programme, and will visit Emsworth Library on Monday 9 October,

Waterlooville Library on Tuesday 10 October, Leigh Park Library on Wednesday 11 October and Hayling Island Library on Thursday 12 October – all at 4pm.
Tickets - Book your tickets in advance, for no upfront cost, and then decide what you think the show is worth after you’ve seen it!

Supported by Arts Council England and the D’Oyle Carte Charitable Trust, in association with Hampshire Libraries, and presented by house.

Murder in the Museum - A Beyond the Stage Event

The Spring is unusually fortunate in being both an arts centre and museum, and this special event takes full advantage of the ambience of the museum at night.

A baffling case of murder will be played out around the murky museum in the evening shadows; the story is set in the 1940s, so put on your sleuthing shoes and deerstalker hat to try to solve the mystery – you might even win a bottle of bubbly! There’ll be special references to our local history too. This unique murder mystery will be performed on Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

This event is part of The Spring’s Beyond the Stage programme, where you don’t just watch a show – you experience it!

Tickets are £13.50; this event is recommended for ages 18+.

Murder in the Museum is Supported by Arts Council England and is a Museums at Night event.

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