In this week’s #MondayMemories Tamsin Fessey, co-artistic director of Lighthouse Associate Artists Angel Exit Theatre, recalls her long association with Lighthouse.   

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"I’m the same age as Lighthouse and I feel like I’ve grown up with Lighthouse (or Poole Arts Centre as it was) always present. I grew up in Weymouth and Dorchester and I remember exciting school trips to the theatre. I think we came to see Peter and the Wolf being played in the Concert Hall and I remember coming to pantos and Christmas shows with my family. I think we saw one called Christmas Cat and the Pudding Pirates 

When I was 16, I came to do work experience at Poole Arts Centre. I spent most of the week working with the backstage crews and got to sit in the lighting box and help op a show of Up n’Under by John Godber. I remember accidentally pushing a button too early and plunging the stage into a blackout in the middle of a scene and it being written down in a show report. I also worked in the Cinema learning how to load reels of film onto the projector. Now that makes me feel really old! An arty French film was playing and It really opened my eyes up to a whole new world of cinema I’d never experienced before.  

As an adult I am proud to be an Associate Artist of the theatre with Angel Exit Theatre and to have performed as Lady Macbeth on the main stage in Platform 4’s production of the Scottish play. I hope that I will continue to have a relationship with Lighthouse for many years to come. 

Pictured: Angel Exit is hosting Super-Spies in Lockdown, its online espionage fun adventure for local families on Wednesday (10 June) at noon.

Places are limited, check for details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/super-spies-in-lockdown-tickets-106818358586 

Published 8 June 2020