SANCTUARY, the new artist development scheme at Lighthouse, has already seen a number of companies take up residencies to devise, develop and rehearse new work.

Thanks to the support of the Culture Recovery Fund and the Weston Culture Fund, artists are able to work at Lighthouse at no cost and last week we were delighted to welcome the brilliant Angel Exit theatre company to the Sherling Studio to continue developing a forthcoming project about Poole’s historic 18th century trade with Newfoundland that saw salt and provisions taken to the colony, before dried and salted fish was brought back to ports in Spain, Portugal and Italy from where wine, olive oil, dried fruit and salt was taken to Poole.

Co-artistic director Tamsin Fessey brought us up to date:  

“We’ve had a great few days. We have a team of seven people from the UK meeting five Newfoundland artists every afternoon via Zoom. We’ve been warming up together, teaching each other songs, creating improvisations, doing writing exercises in break out rooms etc. 

It’s been really thrilling to explore the world of a new play which will be set in Newfoundland and to actually be speaking to people who are there. We have a big map of Newfoundland on the wall and in the mornings we are working just with our UK artists then suddenly at 2pm each day they pop up on a big screen in the studio, waving and ready to go!  

We are going to produce a film about the experience of working together in this way which will also document a bit of what we’ve been working on, but I mainly just want to say thanks so much for having us all here.  

It is SO GOOD to be in a rehearsal room with creative people again, making work. I think we all feel a bit giddy with excitement! 


Published 4 May 2021