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Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, has paused its programme of live performances and closed the building in line with the new national lockdown rules. 

Behind the scenes the team is now working with artists and promoters to reschedule shows and will be contacting all ticket holders directly. 

Although Lighthouse must remain closed to the public until the restrictions are lifted, its work continues online and behind closed doors. 

Having successfully applied to become a National Youth Theatre Auditions Access Fund Partner, Lighthouse can now offer 30 young people who face barriers to participation in the arts an opportunity to join two free online workshops (via Zoom) in February in which they will learn how to audition to join the NYT. 

The participants will then be able to audition for free.  

And in an activity that could be ideal during Lockdown 3.0, Lighthouse is also now offering young people the opportunity to earn an Arts Award Discover qualification from home. The introductory award is completely free and designed for ages five and over, but is available to all young people under 25, and is certified by Trinity College London. 

For all the right reasons we must call another interval on live shows and our cinema programme,” says Lighthouse Chief Executive Elspeth McBain. 

As ever though we are focussed on what we can do and that means, just for now, our work will continue online and behind closed doors. We are using this time well by extending our creative engagement work with the local community through an exciting new partnership with the National Youth Theatre and making the Arts Award Discover even more accessible. 

Whilst it is with a heavy heart that we are taking this break, we fully support the restrictions in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Live performance is at the heart of everything we do at Lighthouse and we are pleased that we were able to create a new Christmas show, Happy Ever After, that sold out every socially distanced performance up to the day we had to close 

Having overcome last year’s unprecedented challenges with our customary blend of determination and creativity, we have a busy year ahead of us and look forward to welcoming our wonderful audiences and artists back as soon as it is safe to do so.” 

To register an interest in the NYT Auditions workshops or to apply for an Arts Award Discover pack email learning@lighthousepoole.co.uk. 

Published 5 January 2021