- Ticket price:
- From: £15
- Running time:
- 2h 05 min plus 20 min interval
A landmark production created in collaboration with 100 community members.
The Antelope Inn, Poole 1681, a group of fishermen prepare to leave on a treacherous journey for the hostile shores of Newfoundland to fish for cod, just as they do every year. But what if a group of brave women were to join the men this time?
Summer 2023, exams are done and Fay and her mates are out for one last night in Poole before she gets the bus up to London to start a new life. But who is that stranger sitting on their bench?
SALT shines a light on the fascinating historic relationship between Poole and Newfoundland, exploring what it means to belong and what it means to leave your homeland behind.
This gutsy tale of fish, frolics and feisty women will take over the Concert Hall at Lighthouse. Angel Exit Theatre directs 100 community members in an epic promenade production bursting with comedy, drama, live music, a choir and large-scale puppets.
SALT has been written by Stephanie Dale in co-creation with Angel Exit and the Poole community. With design by Sophia Lovell Smith and musical direction by Tim Laycock.
A play about Poole, written for Poole.
Please note – this is a promenade performance which means that the audience will be standing. There will be limited seating available for those who need to sit. The audience will be on a flat floor which is fully accessible for wheelchairs.
Short outdoor performances and activity will take place in Poole between the Dolphin Centre, the Antelope Inn, Poole Quay and on the High Street on Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July at approx 12pm and 2pm.
On Friday 28 July there will be a flash mob after 12pm midday in the Dolphin Centre, followed by activity at the Antelope Inn and a performance on Poole Quay by Dave Young (The Shouting Mute Poet). This will be followed by activity in Poole High Street.
On Saturday 29 July there will be activity on the High Street and in the locality of The Antelope Inn and Poole Quay, with a second performance by Dave Young, and activity as the cast returns to the Dolphin Centre.
Outdoor events for SALT are weather dependent.
Meet the Creative Team
Tamsin Fessey, Angel Exit Theatre & Co-Director of SALT: A Community Play for PooleCo-Director
Tamsin Fessey, Angel Exit Theatre & Co-Director of SALT: A Community Play for Poole
Tamsin grew up in Dorchester and did her work experience at the then Poole Arts Centre before going off to train at University of Birmingham and the Lecoq school of theatre in Paris.
Alongside Angel Exit she has worked nationally and internationally as a freelance performer for the last 20 years.
Work includes War Horse (West End) and seven shows at Northampton Royal and Derngate. Tamsin works as a deviser, movement director and director and regularly directs shows at Arts University Bournemouth with the 3rd year acting students.
She now lives near Gillingham and loves making work in Dorset.
Lynne Forbes, Angel Exit Theatre & Co-Director of SALT: A Community Play for PooleCo-Director
Lynne Forbes, Angel Exit Theatre & Co-Director of SALT: A Community Play for Poole
Lynne is from another coastal town, Portsmouth, but has lived in London for 25 years.
She works regularly for the education & community department at The Old Vic, has many years of experience working with people living with dementia for Ladder to the Moon.
Lynne works regularly in outdoor interactive theatre, project management for creative science public engagement projects, and as a roleplay actor.
Other companies Lynne has worked with include Platform 4, Hoodwink, Gobbledegook, and Stuff & Nonsense.
Lynne studied drama at The University of Manchester and has a Masters in Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Angel Exit Theatre
Angel Exit Theatre
Formed by, Tamsin Fessey & Lynne Forbes, graduates of the Ecole Lecoq, Angel Exit’s work is all created through a highly collaborative and playful process and involves a shifting ensemble of artists.
Angel Exit have been working in the South West since 2007, under the artistic direction of Tamsin Fessey and Lynne Forbes. Our shows include: The Black Curtain, Moonfleet, The Secret Garden, The Ballad of Martha Brown, Otto and the Robin, The Drive, toooB, Book Club for Super-Spies, and The Fairy Tale Forest. We are associate artists at Lighthouse, Poole.
In addition to our main productions we have created outdoor work for festivals including Gallycrows (Inside Out). We have also been commissioned to devise, perform and manage a number of science public engagement projects including: Five commissions for Einstein’s Garden, Green Man Festival, Plant Family Croquet and Strictly Spice (Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew), a project for Imperial College & The National Museum of Computing and Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines (Women’s Engineering Society).
All our shows have very different stories and are created for different types of audiences, but what our work has in common is a strong emphasis on storytelling through physical ensemble theatre, using the European traditions of clown, chorus, melodrama, and buffoonery.
We are passionate about making new work and telling stories that we find interesting, touring from rural to West End venues, performing in non-theatre spaces, creating shows for family audiences, interactive theatre, and working with communities.
‘An enviable reputation for vivid and unusual work appealingly laced with oddball comedy.’ The Stage ‘The company has evolved a distinctive style,
hugely entertaining, visually stunning and choreographically astonishing.’ FTR
Directors Tamsin and Lynne are also freelance performers who have worked in the West End and internationally, and with a host of regional theatres and touring companies: www.angelexit.co.uk
tooB is at Little Angel Theatre 14 – 16 August and Polka Theatre 19 – 27 August.
Stephanie Dale writes for stage, radio, and large-scale theatre. She has penned some of the U. Ks largest community plays including: Spinning the Moon, Dorchester Community Plays Association, 2023, The Chester Mystery Plays, Chester Cathedral, The Witches’ Promise, Birmingham REP, A Time to Keep, Dorchester Community Plays, co-written with David Edgar.
Stephanie’s adaptation credits include a national tour of Persuasion, Theatre 6, London, National tour, 2018/9. Alice in Wonderland, Theatre in the Quarter, 2016. Moonfleet, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and South West Tour, 2016.
She has written numerous plays for BBC RADIO FOUR, the most recent being Losing Paradise, available on BBC SOUNDS.
Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience teaching in Universities across the U.K. In 2018, she founded and ran the MA in Playwriting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She also works as a dramaturg, most recently on Blanket Bann, Chalk Line Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, May 2023.
For more information, go to www.stephaniedale.org
Sophia Lovell SmithDesigner
Sophia Lovell Smith
Sophia studied Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall. She is a designer and maker for theatre, opera and interactive performance for children. She has just designed The Worst Princess (Full House Theatre).
This summer she’s making art with children at Worthing Hospital. Soon she returns to Opera Up Close (Peace At Last) and Little Angel Theatre (The Bed).
In 2022 Sophia designed Chasing Dots (MishMash Prods & Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage, Gateshead), Catch A Sea Star (Seaglass Arts), Handa’s Surprise (Little Angel Theatre), Jina and the STEM Sisters (HMDT) and London Rhymes.
Other recent productions include Maanika & the Wolf (Polka Theatre), My Mother Said I Never Should for the Crucible & fingersmiths, Paper Aeroplane for Half Moon Theatre and Spitalfields Music (Musical Rumpus).
Other companies incl. Southbank Centre, Barbican, ZArts, Trestle Theatre, Royal & Derngate Theatres, Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre By The Lake, Unicorn, ENO education, Regents Open Air Park Theatre, Theatre Rites, Kali and English Touring Opera.
Tim LaycockMusical Director
I have been playing and singing at folk clubs and festivals for over 25 years using mainly the concertina, melodeon or guitar to accompany myself. My repertoire is drawn from the great collections of traditional folk songs, sea shanties, ballads and music hall songs. Other songs have been learnt directly from singers such as Walter Pardon, Peter Bellamy and Tony Hall. I also write and perform many of my own songs, Row On, Heaven’s a Bar, The Trampwoman’s Tragedy and Courting Round Dorset to name a few.
Other artistes including The Yetties, Pint and Dale, Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, Chris Roe and Phil Callery of the Voice Squad also sing my songs. Many of my songs and stories are inspired by my native county Dorset, giving them a West Country flavour. Tim has produced a wealth of original songs that can be heard throughout the play, all directly influenced by his extensive knowledge of Dorset’s history and the folk songs that have carried it’s stories through time.
Tom Sharkett is a producer and composer who has had a long and varied career in the music industry.
Released in 2022 via Optimo Music, Sharkett’s debut EP ‘Futuro’ was written with an intentionally blind use of the half-broken equipment and synthesisers he had amassed during his time in bands, creating electronic music with a punk ethos.
As well as forming one third of the Mancunian trio, WH-Lung he’s released remixes for labels such as City Slang and Sonic Cathedral.
His monthly show on Soho Radio, ‘Inside the Outside’, which shares a name with his club night at Todmorden’s Golden Lion, is a blend of darkdisco, EBM, cosmic dance, and new wave that shapes Sharkett’s DJ sets.
Tom has produced an exciting range of original music for SALT that we can’t wait for you to hear
Sherry CoenenLighting Designer
Award winning lighting designer Sherry Coenen works across the UK and US. She has a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of Miami and is a member of APLD.
Theatre includes: I Want My Hat Back Trilogy (Little Angel Studios – winner of TYA Design Offie 2023), Spitlip’s Operation Mincemeat (New Diorama Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Riverside Studios – nominated for Knights of Illumination award 2019 & winner of Best Musical Production Offie 2023), Frankenstein (Beatbox Academy at BAC, Knights of Illumination winner 2019), The Singing Mermaid (Little Angel Theatre), Izindava (UK Tour), Brigitte Aphrodite’s Parakeet (Paines Plough Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Christopher Brett Bailey’s This is How We Die (UK Tour), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Skin Tight (Park90), CELL (UK Tour), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola), These Trees are Made of Blood (Arcola), Brrr! (UK Tour), 5 Guys Chillin’ (Kings Head Theatre), Anton Chekhov (Hampstead Theatre)