Arts news

New writer in residence at Poole

JACK Thacker, who teaches English at Bristol University, is the new writer-in-residence at Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts. Over the course of the next year Jack will absorb all aspects of life at the arts centre and respond to what he hears and sees before publishing his work through the writer development agency, Artfulscribe,…

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Arts Council grant for community play

DORCHESTER Community Play Association has received a grant of £14,000 from Arts Council England towards the cost of staging next year’s seventh community play, Spinning the Moon. The grant will go a long way to financing the play, although the fundraising effort doesn’t stop here – DCPA will still need to raise a lot more…

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New Friends scheme for Poole Lighthouse

POOLE’s Lighthouse arts centre has launched a Friends scheme to enable loyal audiences to play a greater role in its work as a charity. The new organisation will raise funds to help the UK’s largest regional arts centre to run its rich and exciting artistic programme, and will provide greater opportunities for all sections of…

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Singers invited to join dance theatre at Poole

THERE is an invitation for non-professional singers to join the cast of an exciting new dance theatre production which is coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre next April. Created to mark the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Grimethorpe Colliery in South Yorkshire and 30 years since the rise of UK rave culture, Wasteland, by…

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World premiere for BSO Resound

ON Thursday 7th November Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble gives the world premiere of Alexander Campkin’s piece trembling, hoping, lingering, flying, at Poole’s Lighthouse. The first professional disabled-led ensemble in the world makes history again with the concert, conducted by James Rose. Commissioned for the six-piece ensemble, Campkin’s work will be performed in full for…

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New manager at Strode

THE new manager at Strode Theatre, Street, is Robin Peters, who comes to Somerset with a background in theatre and contemporary circus. Robin is an arts fundraiser by training, with a particular passion for supporting the arts in the South West. Before coming to Strode he worked at Circomedia, the circus academy and performing arts…

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People need art and culture

PEOPLE need to be entertained and challenged by art and culture, says Tim Colegate, the new head of programming at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre. Tim is responsible for shaping the programme across all the arts centre’s spaces, as the organisation develops and extends its position as the south west’s leading cultural provider. “Everything that Lighthouse…

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Pollution Pods on Brownsea

CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER DUE TO WEATHER FIVE geodesic domes – the Pollution Pods – will be installed on Brownsea Island from Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th October in a joint venture for Dorset’s Activate arts group and environmental arts charity Cape Farewell. After giving world leaders in New York for the UN Climate…

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Because the world is round

SEPTEMBER 2019 marked the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Now leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn is touring a show about the album, visiting the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Tuesday 29th October. Abbey Road was released in September 1969, and marked the end…

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The road vicariously travelled

A NEW festival celebrating the joys of travel and travel writing has been launched in Somerset, a year to the day before it will open on the Sparkford Hall estate in September 2020. The not-for-profit Vicarious Festival is described as a celebration of cultural diversity and the transformative power of storytelling. With patrons Joanna Lumbye,…

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