Unwrapped & Remixed
Eastleigh Unwrapped sits at the heart of The Point Eastleigh's Summer Social - connecting the residents of Eastleigh and beyond with the best outdoor artists from the UK and further afield.
Our programme is made to move you and this is impossible without artists. With the invaluable support of Arts Council England we are financially supporting the artists and companies who we'd programmed to present their work at the Festival this year.
This page is a celebration of these artists and we're thrilled that many of them will be featured on our social media platforms later in the year as we reimagine what's possible without being in the same space - look out for Eastleigh Unwrapped Remixed.
Thank you so much for being inventive and for finding a way that we can still contribute something to the festival...
Ockham’s Razor presents This Time
Ockham's Razor were due to present Belly of the Whale at Eastleigh Unwrapped this year. Produced by Turtle Key Arts, Belly of the Whale is an exciting new out-door show from Ockham’s Razor, winners of the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Festival.
The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide - creating an ever changing land and soundscape.
Keep an eye on our social media channels later as Ockham's Razor are set to share with their film 'This Time' with Eastleigh Unwrapped audiences later this year. 'This Time' explores the company's creative practice offering a fascinating and in depth look at the process, the challenges and hurdles the company faced when in creation.
Circo Rum Ba Ba's virtual workshops
Circo Rum Ba Ba were due to present their show Crow House - a choreographed frenzy of acrobatics, silks trapeze, hat juggling and slap stick they begin to accept each other and work to create a home, together, within the battered house. The only remaining problem … the furious bird in the chimney.
Circo Rum Ba Ba will be bringing you three online workshops - find out how to achieve some acro-balance skills, to play a tool-box saw and for those of you feeling daring, they'll be bringing an advanced fitness online workshop on how to hold a handstand!
Levantes Dance presents The Band
Levantes Dance were due to present The Band and introduce us to Sandy & Bruno who formed a band in the Seventies and became an overnight sensation. Sandy was fame hungry; Bruno was doomed to follow her to the ends of the earth. Now washed up, cruelly forgotten, they were preparing for their last gig.
A captivating outdoor duet which blends physical comedy and floor & aerial acrobatics with a vibrant aesthetic to tell a tragi-comic story of desperate ambition and blind devotion. THE BAND is produced by Levantes Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of performer/designer Eleni Edipidi, who has collaborated with Ockham Razor’s Tina Koch on the aerial performance element of the show.
Levantes Dance are reimagining something fun just for Eastleigh Unwrapped Remixed. Watch this space and maybe Sandy & Bruno will find a way to share some of their last gig online...
Lîla Dance presents My Bit
The Point's @HOME artists Lila Dance were going to introduce us to Michael and Luca. Luca is Italian and a self proclaimed citizen of the world. Michael is British, his Mum loves her garden. Michael has a terrible Italian accent. Michael and Luca are figuring out their bit. Their differences, their passions, their similarities and their shared love of Dirty Dancing.
Created from a wealth of interviews, My Bit uses global stories to explore what it is to live in someone else's shoes and to build a better bit. Using a smorgasbord of accents, languages, music and voices it explores stereotypical thinking, dismantling broadly held social views on issues such as class, wealth, sexual orientation and immigration through personal stories and spaghetti arms.
Watch this space...
Flying Buttresses presents Hodman and Sally
Flying Buttresses were all set to bring Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth, two tiny adventurers from the country of Oblivia to Eastleigh this summer for Eastleigh Unwrapped. With a lot on their minds and even more on their backs, these elderly amblers were set out to discover the modern world, meet strange and exciting new people, and search for a decent place to camp. Maybe Leigh Road Recreation Park itself...
We can't wait to see how Hodman and Sally might find a way to delight you in your own home - watch this space to see how they reimagine Eastleigh Unwrapped this year.
The Fairly Famous Family presents Anyone for Tennis
The Fairly Famous Family were set to bring Wimbledon to Eastleigh Unwrapped with a pristine court, dead posh umpire and highly strung player looking to take on all comers.
Their hilarious but thrilling "one setter" would have been played out live with all the drama of the real thing including slow motion replays, heated line calls, tantrums and live commentary, and they would have needed you there to help out, standing in for ball boys, physiotherapists and even royalty to award the prizes at the end...
Keep your eye on the ball and watch this court for how The Fairly Famous Family reimagine Eastleigh Unwrapped Remixed...
The UPG Team presents Zoo Humans
The UPG Team were set to bring their breathtaking parkour show ZOO HUMANS to Eastleigh Unwrapped. The show brings Attenborough’s smooth narrative to a Kafka-esque reality in which a group of humans have forgotten how to move. As they slowly become aware of the artificial world in which they’re living they must decide if they’ll chose to risk their comfort for freedom beyond the confines of a cage…
Created as a response to the news that a third of the UK’s children spend less time outdoors than our prisoners, the UPG Team’s new show is currently touring the UK and internationally. It is accompanied by workshops for all ages.
Watch this space, The UPG Team are bouncing off the walls in their own homes, bursting with ideas as to how to bring you a taste of the show and their work to your homes!
Dizzy O’Dare presents The Giant Balloon
The fabulous Dizzy O'Dare were due to bring The Giant Balloon to the heart of Eastleigh, taking everything you know about balloons; adding an award winning entertainer, an 80’s soundtrack, and twisting it into an hilarious show for the whole family.
They're puffing up some ideas from home so watch this space as we wait to see how Dizzy O'Dare reimagine Eastleigh Unwrapped Remixed!
The Ray Lee Company presents Congregation
This year, we were set to welcome a sonic sphere to Eastleigh Unwrapped - ready to take you on a journey to a secret location, guiding you by sound alone.
Seemingly possessed of its own mind the sonic sphere would guide you through familiar and unfamiliar terrain. You'd need to keep it ‘happy’ by going in the right direction! In return the sphere would have led you on a sonic voyage to the mysterious final destination where you will encounter a meeting of the spheres, a chiming, pulsing web of electronic sound. Congregation is produced by Simon Chatterton in association with OCM.
Watch this space - we can't have a congregation in person this year, but something else is afoot for Eastleigh Unwrapped Remixed...
Our Festival this year, was all ready to take you on a poetry journey with the poets of Ghost River - from secret tunnels to how Eastleigh got its name - they were ready to lead you on a promenade around the town and let you visit their Ticket Office to have a poem written to order, and add your words to a community poem to go on display at The Point.
Watch this space as Ghost River reimagine their poetry journey for Eastleigh Unwrapped Remixed...