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, presented their play The Drive at Zoo Venues last year, 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, are 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 were proud partners of Audacious' project 'Light Up Poole' Festival, which took place in February 2018. Click here to find out more about the festival. 

Camden People's Theatre have been making extraordinary theatre for over twenty years. We are excited to be working with them on their latest project, Come As You Are, a pop up festival that will tour to venues across the UK. Headlined by the award-winning  show Bullish by Milk Presents, the festival will celebrate and interrogate all the world’s issues regarding female, male, between and beyond. It’s not going to be pretty – but it might just be beautiful.

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.  

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.

Esther McAuley, Artistic Director Mac's Arcadian

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.

Josephine Balfour-Oatts, A Younger Theatre