An evening of music and theatre has officially launched the Hanger Farm Arts Centre autumn season.

Invited guests, including Julian Lewis MP, attended the Totton venue to hear music from Liam and Tony White, a preview from Black Box Theatre of 39 Steps (pictured) and a performance from Hanger Farm Community Theatre - part of a newly-formed initiative for people with learning disabilities to experience performing arts.

The event saw guests enjoy a drink and canapés in the 18th century converted barn while browsing the Art Centre’s new brochure.

Hanger Farm Arts Centre is run by local charity Minstead Trust and helps people with learning disabilities learn skills for work.

This autumn there are dozens of affordable and accessible shows on offer, including:

  • Chekhov’s tragicomedy ‘Uncle Vanya’
  • Music from Sinatra to the Swinging Sixties with ‘Jazzed Up Jukebox’
  • Graeme Clark from ‘Wet Wet Wet’
  • World War One drama ‘Meet Tommy Atkins’
  • Monthly films including `Throwback Thursdays and Movie Mondays both matinee and evening shows to suit all tastes.

The popular local venue is accessible and affordable and boasts a café bar, free parking and art gallery.

Madeleine Durie, Chief Executive of Minstead Trust, said: ‘Our aim is for Hanger Farm Arts Centre to be a vibrant, local centre for the performing and visual arts for all of the local community bringing both new and well-loved theatre, music and film to all. Your support will also help us to provide training opportunities for people with learning disabilities in the running of the centre including the lovely Arts Café which is open daily.’

To browse the shows and book your tickets visit www.hangerfarm.co.uk