Throughout the year Lighthouse holds an extensive selection of workshops, events and residencies, linked to our artistic programme. Take a look at the examples below to get a flavour of what’s been on offer previously!
Previous opportunities to shout about:
Carter Community School - Young Technicians Workshop
During March 2019, music students from Carter Community School attended two Lighthouse led technical workshops in our Sherling Studio. Students were given an 'access all areas' backstage tour, the chance to use and learn about state of the art technical equipment and professional guidance from one of our resident technicians. This opportunity formed part of our Partner Schools Programme.
You can find out more about this opportunity by watching this video.
Earlier this year, Lighthouse took part in Processions, an exciting project connected to the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. On 6 February 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote. One hundred years on, 14-18 NOW, Artichoke and hundreds of other arts organisations from around the country invited women to mark this moment by taking part in a major mass-participation artwork. Women around the UK worked in groups to create suffragette style banners for marches on 10th June. We were particularly proud of the banners created at Lighthouse, which showcased a lot of creative skill!
Click here to read our blog about the project.
Young Technicians 2018
From February through to March, our ‘Young Technicians’ programme had another successful run. Seven young people interested in learning all about what goes on behind the scenes at Lighthouse took part in six masterclasses, each related to a different technical aspect, such as lighting, sound and stage management. We will be running this scheme again next year and will begin the recruitment process in the autumn term. If you are interested in this project, or know anyone who you think may be, keep an eye out for details of how to apply!
Light Up Poole Workshops
Light Up Poole is a unique digital Light Art Festival aiming to transform Poole’s Town Centre after dark, running from 15 to 17 February 2018. There were three different ways you could get involved with the festival; Vlogshop - a vlogging workshop run by professionals, Sounds of Poole - a soundtrack masterclass for GCSE Music students and Film Poetry - a crash course in this creative medium. Each of these opportunities is now fully booked, however you can find out more about the other events on offer during the festival by following this link: https://lightuppoole.co.uk/.
Frantic Assembly Workshops
Connected to their production of ‘Things I Know To Be True’, Frantic Assembly ran two performance workshops on Wednesday 22 November in The Gallery. In the early afternoon a workshop for over 55s took place, introducing them to the company’s trademark physical approach to creating theatre. Then, in the evening, there was a workshop specifically designed for Drama teachers, which provided them with new interesting practises to take back to the classroom. Participants from both workshops had a wonderful time and were excited to be working in such a dynamic and creative environment.
Click here to find out more about this workshop from the perspective of a participant!
The Weir Workshop
Connected to English Touring Theatre’s production of The Weir, a wonderful performance workshop was held in the Main Gallery at Lighthouse. Accessible to GCSE, A Level and Degree students, the workshop gave participants a deeper understanding of the production and its themes. The participants were given the rare chance to work with talented Assistant Director Katie-Ann McDonough, who led them through practical storytelling and devising exercises.
Directing in Unusual Spaces Masterclass
For an exciting few days in October, Lighthouse and Paines Plough ran (a well organised) riot over Poole Park to host the wonderful Roundabout Festival. To open the festival Stephen Wrentmore and Paines Plough led a masterclass, giving advice, sharing stories and answering questions about how to direct theatre in-the-round. Some excellent questions were asked by participants and we definitely left knowing a lot more than when we arrived! (Hint – soliloquies are best left for the proscenium stage!)
If you would like to receive information about upcoming workshops then get in touch with our learning team!
All my students loved having the opportunity to work with a guest industry professional and with other young actors.
The workshop leader's energy and passion were infectious and inspiring.