Behind the scenes, ideas are emerging, creative partnerships are flourishing and ambitious works are in development. ‘Bright Sparks’ is the first stage of our collaboration process with artists. Over time the most successful ideas will become ‘Working Lights’ - work making its way to the stage.

Hannah Treadaway, an emerging writer and director is working at Lighthouse, developing her play Tides. We have been able to connect her with several other artists who have served to not only enrich her work but have developed their own work further as a result of this relationship. With the help of some of these artists, we aim to move the play to the ‘Working Lights’ production phase next year.  

Phoebe McIntosh, is an emerging playwright and performer with whom Lighthouse have developed a creative partnership with. Along with Black Theatre Live we will be co-producing her new play Dominoes. This decision comes off the back of the success of Archipelago, our first foray into production that took place last year. You can read what happened when Perdie from our learning team caught up with Phoebe here.

Finally, David Young, a member of ‘The Remix’ and an associate artist with Diverse City, is currently in residency at Lighthouse rehearsing and developing his piece “Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate!”. David is a champion of accessibility and inclusivity and we are proud to be supporting work that celebrates and highlights the importance of these things within the arts. The show will premiere on 15 November here at Lighthouse, to an invited audience of friends, family and long-term supporters of David and Diverse City.

To be selected to work with a venue like Lighthouse is such an exciting thing. It really is unique in the region and well known among artists like me looking for somewhere to showcase their work. I can't wait to develop this [Dominoes] and future shows there.

Phoebe McIntosh