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Being ‘out’ has bever been more ‘in’ as live shows returned to Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, last Saturday with the launch of Lighthouse: OUTSIDE in the grassy amphitheatre to the side of the building. 

Capacity socially distanced audiences enjoyed an afternoon show of Comedy Club 4 Kids and the evening installment of Live and Unheard with three local unsigned music acts. 

“It was a real moment in history for Lighthouse – the first time the amphitheatre has been properly used as a performance space since it was built in the 1970s and the first live performances we’ve been able to host for six months since we closed for lockdown in March,” says Lighthouse Chief Executive Elspeth McBain. 

We’ve missed our audiences immensely and it was wonderful to see so many people confidently returning, but it’s our job to provide a platform for artists to present their work so it was an enormous relief to get back to doing what we do best by supporting artists doing what they do best.” 

The season continues this Saturday afternoon 26 September with renowned magician and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ben Hart and his 2-Metre Magic and in the evening Coastal Comedy has pulled out all the stops to present a stellar bill headlined by BBC Radio 2 award winner Angela Barnes. A regular on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo she’ll be joined by rising star Luke Honnoraty and the hilarious Sunjai Arif all kept in line by host Adrienne Coles. 

Lighthouse Associate Artist Lorna Rees presents Cloudscapes, her uniquely memorable sound installation, in a series of six daytime sessions on 3 October. A cloud-gazing duologue for performer and clouds it is guaranteed to live long in the mind. That evening, singer songwriter Olly Olsson jumped at the chance to return to Lighthouse, a venue that has been central to his development, and will be showcasing new material and old favourites to an audience that has been hungry to see him perform here again. 

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 their ‘seriously silly’, pedal-powered production of Romeo and Juliet with a new children’s show, Gnora the Gnome’s Daytime Disco. 

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

Tickets for all performances need to be booked in advance. 

In the event of bad weather, performances will move inside to the Theatre. 

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

Published 24 September 2020