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Strawberries and Steam is being presented at the Berry Theatre, Hedge End on March 16-17. PICTURE: Botley & Curbridge Local History Society.
Strawberries and Steam is being presented at the Berry Theatre, Hedge End on March 16-17. PICTURE: Botley & Curbridge Local History Society.
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The Berry Theatre is just about to celebrate its first birthday.

Named after the area’s association with strawberry fields, it’s drawing from the past for a new production, Strawberries and Steam.

Directed by Total Theatre Award nominees Milk Presents, it tells the story of ordinary families caught in the drama of social change in the late 19th century, remembering a time when the strawberry fields of Hedge End and Botley were the best in southern England.

Throughout the new production The Berry Theatre will be transformed into a fete packed with bunting, stalls, hay bales, and cream teas.

Written by Chris Connaughton, the cast features The Berry Youth Theatre, The Wagon Band and Wildern Community Choir.

Performances take place tonight at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 2pm and 7.30pm.

n Tickets cost £5 to £6.50 from The Berry Theatre, Hedge End on (01489) 799499 or go to theberrytheatre.co.uk.