As well as a lot of practical support, Lighthouse have been a great source of nurture and encouragement. Great Odds is my first full scale production and Mac’s Arcadian is less than a year old; I’ve dived in head first and it’s been an extraordinary and wonderful journey so far – but to have this scale of holistic support from a theatre with such awesome resources and staff has been invaluable.
Working Lights is our work in development. Working in collaboration, Lighthouse and our artistic partners have several projects in the creative pipeline. Joining forces with these artists, we are bringing our own exciting and diverse work to the stage. Our aim is to form dynamic and supportive relationships with artists, allowing their work to flourish. Thus far, we have worked with a real variety of artists developing and supporting a plethora of new performances.
Angel Exit, are a long-time friend and partner of Lighthouse. Formed by graduates of the prestigious Ecole Lecoq, Angel Exit Theatre is a shifting ensemble of performers with a shared passion for new dynamic physical theatre. The critically acclaimed, Dorset based theatre company, have recently presented their play 'The Drive' at Zoo Venues having developed it with us at Lighthouse.
Mac's Arcadian, a young, vibrant and brilliantly exciting new company recently joined forces with Lighthouse to co-produce an inspiring piece of theatre for all ages. Entitled Great Odds, the performance is fearless, experimental and accessible, embodying the values of the company. 'Great Odds' world premiere took place at Lighthouse in October, after which the production went on to tour nationally. Here is a lovely review of the piece!
Audacious, an eclectic and dynamic company founded by Libby Battaglia. Audacious and Lighthouse have formed a partnership that is already proving to be an exciting one. The company’s expertise in designing and producing multi-sensory experiences, using artistry, technology and narrative, is something we are eager to harness, support and develop. For instance, Lighthouse are proud partners of Audacious' new project 'Light Up Poole' Festival, taking place in February. Click here to find out more about the festival.
Finally, Gobbledegook Theatre are arts education specialists who have had a long association with Lighthouse over many years and projects. They make innovative, cross art form work which has theatre at its core. Usually, they make work for the outdoors, through live performance, music and installation. Often the Dorset landscape provides the initial inspiration for their larger pieces, which tour nationally. Gobbledegook believe strongly in the power of disruption and joy as well as in play for people of all ages.
McAuley’s script manages to simplify mature emotional conflicts and is intelligently written. The performance is bold and retains a wonderful sense of adventure throughout, but it is its accessibility which demands the highest praise.