This is the time of year for getting out, being with people, feeling the breeze on your face and seeing great entertainment as the skies change overhead and the leaves rustle. After the success of last year‘s inaugural Lighthouse: OUTSIDE season of performances outdoors in the Amphitheatre, Poole’s centre for the arts is again embracing the joys of the open air – warm or cool, clear or overcast, being outdoors is exciting and unpredictable; a magical experience.
Lighthouse: OUTSIDE is back there's plenty to enjoy in a programme that is as diverse as possible. Whether you're interested in TV comedians, (for grown-ups and for kids), being swept away by powerful storytelling in a play, celebrating with some of the best live musicians in town or relaxing as you cast your eyes to the skies to enjoy the ever-changing cloudscape, there's something here for everyone in our intimate, open air setting.
Thanks to funding from the Weston Culture Fund and the Culture Recovery Fund, this year we have been able to invest in our outdoor space, artists and equipment so you can be sure of an even better experience.
The full schedule for Lighthouse: OUTSIDE 2021 is:
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Saturday 29 May, Ampitheatre, 2pm
Featuring some of the UK’s top club stand-ups this has all the rowdy feel of a grown-up comedy club, but without the rude bits – it's cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six.
Live and Unheard: Two Man Travelling Medicine Show + Amie Wright + Jordan Watts
Saturday 29 May, Ampitheatre, 7pm
The curators of our regular monthly showcase for new and unsigned music talent are itching to share their latest discoveries with an audience.
Upswing: Circus Flavours
Saturday 5 June, Amphitheatre, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm 3.15pm, 4.30pm, 5.15pm
A showcase of diverse, energetic circus acts followed by workshops for the audience. For anyone who’s dreamt of joining the circus, this is a perfect chance to try out your skills in a self-contained, immersive and fun session. Age guidance: 7+
Sweet Little Mystery: The Songs of John Martyn with Sarah Jane Morris
Friday 11 June, Ampitheatre, 7pm
Sarah Jane Morris, a 1980s chart-topper with The Communards, shines a light on the art of the great John Martyn with special arrangements of some of his best-known songs.
Luke Wright: The Ballad Seller
Saturday 12 June, Ampitheatre, 2.30pm
Expect scandal, excess, and beautifully flawed humanity as Luke Wright shares stories culled from Georgian street ballads rewritten for the modern ear. Take a trip through the Drury Lane gin shops with the Boxing Baroness; filch oysters by the dozen with Dando, the celebrated gormandiser; and escape the Bull Ring with Jemmy the Rockman.
Coastal Comedy: Troy Hawke + Nathan Eagle + Jim Campbell
Saturday 12 June, Ampitheatre, 7pm
Coastal Comedy’s regular host Adrienne Coles comperes a bill of three top TV stand-up comedians, headlined by Coastal’s favourite cad Troy Hawke.
Black Cherry Improv
Friday 18 June, Amphitheatre, 7pm
A night of comedy that takes audience participation to the next level. Your suggestions could be turned into a scene, a song, a skit or evening become a smash hit musical! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this epic improvised comedy show. Age guidance: 12+
Squashbox Theatre – Tales from the Trees
Saturday 19 June, Amphitheatre, 11am, 2pm
From branch to leaf and twig to root, from berry to blossom and bark to fruit.. Tales from the Trees is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Age guidance: 5+
Saturday 19 June, Amphitheatre, 7pm
Pattern Pusher are an energetic funk-soul three piece who create uplifting, inspiring and optimistic music that is hitting all the right notes in a world crying out for positivity. Before lockdown the band and had just won the Glastonbury Pilton Party competition (judged by Michael Eavis) which led them to playing in front of 8,000 people supporting Supergrass and Wolf Alice and had performed all over the UK and on main stages at festivals such as Bearded Theory and Beautiful Days.
Saturday 26 June, Ampitheatre, 11.30am, 12.15am, 1pm, 2.15pm, 3pm, 3.45pm
Lighthouse Associate Artist Lorna Rees of Gobbledegook Theatre stages her duologue for performer and clouds as audiences lie on beanbags and contemplate the ever-changing parade of clouds while listening to a story laced with clouds.
Friday 2 July, Amphitheatre, 7.30pm
Summer’s here and what better way to prepare for a weekend of live music outdoors than with Soothsayers' fantastic blend of dub, jazz and Afrobeat? Picked up in South London’s cultural melting pot and brought to life with a large collective of musicians, guest artists and producers, Soothsayers are on a constantly evolving musical journey and have just released their ninth album, We Are Many.
Live and Unheard: The Bit on the Side: Carley Varley + Marco Di Gaetano + Tim Somerfield + Jazz Wrann & the Ruby Welts
Saturday 3 July, Ampitheatre, 1pm
The unsigned music showcase sets up a very special ‘festival day’ starting with this afternoon bill in the open air, complete with an outside bar, augmented by an art exhibition/makers’ fair.
Live and Unheard: Lee Rasdell Dove + Cherry Morris + Plastic Jeezus
Saturday 3 July, Ampitheatre, 7pm
After the afternoon comes the evening as Live and Unheard continues with the cream of the region’s unsigned music talent.
Slapstick Picnic: The Importance of Being Earnest
Friday 9 July, Ampitheatre, 7pm
The new venture from The HandleBards, who brought Romeo and Juliet to Lighthouse: OUTSIDE last summer, Slapstick Picnic present their own summer tea party take on Oscar’s classic comedy.
The Heart at the Centre of the World
Saturday 10 July, Amphitheatre, 2pm
Two strangers find each other on a beach. One can’t leave their boat, and the other keeps their wetsuit on. Together they start digging and they don’t stop until finally they’re heard. The Heart at the Centre of the World is a play about being seventeen and a little lost, created from workshops with young people from Poole and Bournemouth College.
Coastal Comedy: Rob Deering + Ben Keenan + Njambi McGrath
Saturday 10 July, Ampitheatre, 7pm
Coastal Comedy’s regular host Adrienne Coles comperes a bill of three top TV stand-up comedians headlined by Coastal regular Rob Deering.
We Afro Tallawah + The Thokozile Collective
Friday 16 July, Amphitheatre, 7.30pm
Two of the South-West's most popular bands come together to cement the summer vibe as part of our summer season of performances outdoors. We Afro Tallawah weave together influences from as far as Antigua, Jamaica, Gambia and Madagascar; while The Thokozile Collective’s vibrant blend of world and acid jazz sounds has won them a loyal following.
Saturday 17 July, Ampitheatre, 7.30pm
From their Poole base, multi award-winning duo Ninebarrow – Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere –are making ever-bigger waves with ever-growing audiences as their latest album A Pocketful of Acorns attracts a raft of glowing reviews.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Saturday 24 July, Amphitheatre, 11am, 2pm
From the brilliant Treehouse Theatre comes this adaptation of the Grimms’ fable about a poor cobbler and his helpful assistants rewritten with the help of local people with learning difficulties to make the show as accessible and enjoyable for the widest range of needs. Including sign language, seated dance and more music, the show is for everyone but is especially suited to people with learning difficulties who have missed out on so much during the lockdowns.
Moscow Drug Club
Saturday 24 July, Ampitheatre, 7.30pm
The very welcome return of the party-starting rabble rousers whose mix of Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Gypsy jazz and French Musette never fails to move the feet.