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Now that youngsters are back at school and settling into their new routine there’s a host of great shows to reward their efforts at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. 

Next Saturday sees the start of Lighthouse: OUTSIDE, the first of four Saturdays of live afternoon and evening entertainment outdoors in the amphitheatre to the side of the building. The season offers our much-missed audiences their first taste of live comedy, music, magic and theatre at Lighthouse since our curtains fell and we went into lockdown in March. 

It all starts on 19 September with the afternoon Comedy Club 4 Kids, a swearing-free hour of stand-up comedy and sketches. The following week, on 26 September, renowned magician and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ben Hart brings his 2-Metre Magic show to Lighthouse: OUTSIDE; then on 3 October Lighthouse Associate Artist Lorna Rees presents Cloudscapes, her uniquely memorable sound installation, in a series of six daytime sessions. It’s a cloud-gazing duologue for performer and clouds in which the audience is asked to lie on beanbags and contemplate the passing clouds above. 

Lighthouse: OUTSIDE draws to a close on 10 October in the company of the world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards who are touring a new children’s show, Gnora the Gnome’s Daytime Disco (pictured), and their ‘seriously silly’ production of Romeo and Juliet. 

Announced this week, Dorset-based family theatre company Stuff & Nonsense bring their sweet treat, The Gingerbread Man, to Lighthouse for two daytime shows in the Theatre. A charming performance for ages 3+ it follows equally brilliant adaptations of 3 Little Pigs and The Emperor’s New Clothes in featuring charming puppetry, live music and the great escape. 

All measures have been taken to ensure a safe, COVID-secure environment for artists, audiences and staff alike with limited capacity for each show and households and social bubble groups seated at a social distance from each other in line with the current guidelines. 

Tickets for all performances need to be booked in advance. 

More information and bookings at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk 

Published 8 September 2020