Good cod almighty!


If you hear something fishy is afoot in Poole’s Old Town where a giant cod is chasing residents through the streets - it might just be true!

But don’t be alarmed, it’s only the cast of Poole’s incredible community play SALT in rehearsal.

Conceived, created and directed by Lynne Forbes and Tamsin Fessey of Angel Exit Theatre from a specially commissioned script by Stephanie Dale, the costumes have been designed and made by students at Arts University Bournemouth, with puppets by Poole-based theatre maker Heidi Steller and original music by Tom Sharkett of the breakthrough band W H Lung. Renowned Dorset folk musician Tim Laycock is musical director and Michelle Nova of La Nova Singers is choir leader.

“We’re making history on the streets of Poole,” says Martha Earley, Creative Engagement Manager at Lighthouse, which is producing SALT.

“It is a representation of the passion and creativity of Poole, a celebration of the sense of pride in our community that brings the people of Poole together, especially those from communities that may not cross paths on an average day.”

Set between 1681 and the present day, SALT shines a light on the fascinating historic relationship between Poole and Newfoundland where, by the end of the 17th century, many Dorset families had settled as economic migrants from rural and coastal poverty.

The play, which can be seen at Lighthouse from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July, with street scenes played out in the Old Town and High Street on the Friday and Saturday, involves a 100-strong community cast of actors and singers aged nine to 86, with many more involved in costume and prop making, set building and stewarding.

“The project has generated a very real sense of community with partnerships we hope will continue to grow and offer opportunities for local residents,” adds Martha. “We are already looking ahead to see what we can do to build on the work done by SALT.”

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:: Photo by Jayne Jackson