Bright Sparks is our programme that develops the next generation of artistic practitioners in all roles across the sector. As a first point of contact with the professional environment, Bright Sparks nurtures the next generation of technicians, administrators, producers and writers. For the artists that we work with, ‘Bright Sparks’ is the first stage of our collaboration process. 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 have co-produced her new play Dominoes. This decision came off the back of the success of Archipelago, a production that took place last year. Dominoes is playing at the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 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, held a residency at Lighthouse last year 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 premiered on 15th November here at Lighthouse, to an invited audience of friends, family and long-term supporters of David and Diverse City. You can read all about his residency and the performance here. 

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