Few shows in our history have lived as long in the memory as Complicité’s The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol in 1995 as two of the region’s most esteemed arts journalists reminded us earlier this year in #Monday Memories.  

Lighthouse and Poole Arts Centre have been central to the cultural life of Jeremy Miles who has seen literally hundreds of shows here since moving to Dorset in 1986... 

“As a journalist specialising in arts and entertainment I have written about most of them too. From a frenzied Johnny Rotten slip-sliding across the stage on a slick of gob to the mighty BSO playing Mahler, Beethoven and Brahms. Music, drama, dance, opera, comedy. I’ve seen it all. There are simply too many memories to single one out. But I can tell you the best play I ever saw on the Lighthouse/Poole Arts Centre stage, or perhaps anywhere else for that matter. It was The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol by the peerless Complicité theatre company. When they brought that astonishing production to what was then known as the Towngate Theatre in 1995, it was a truly transformative experience.” 

Gay Pirrie-Weir, who today co-edits the excellent Fine Times Recorder website with Fanny Charles, was just as impressed... 

“Simon McBurney’s Complicité came to Poole Arts Centre in 1995 with the astonishing The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol – one of their very best pieces. What I remember best is the moment towards the end when the wooden shingles clattered down off the house as Lilo Baur sat with the ‘chickens’ puzzled at what’s happening.” 

Published 30 November 2020