THE message from the team at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre is: “It’s business as usual,” following an accident during which the stage, dressing rooms and technical equipment in the venue’s theatre suffered extensive water damage.
The incident was contained entirely within the theatre, so although the theatre will remain closed for the summer while repairs are carried out, the remainder of the building, including the concert hall, Sherling Studio, cinema, gallery and function room spaces are still fully operational.
The Lighthouse team has reviewed the programme of events scheduled to take place in the theatre for the remainder of the summer season and its programming and operational teams have worked closely with companies due to perform in the theatre during July with an aim to relocate them into the concert hall. Among the companies were local dance and performing arts schools, including Bournemouth’s Swish of the Curtain Theatre School who were able to stage their musicals showcase Come Alive in the concert hall.
Sara St George, the Lighthouse deputy chief executive, said: “We’d like to thank all the companies who were due to perform in the theatre this month for their understanding, patience and flexibility during what has been an incredibly difficult and disruptive week for us all. It’s heartening to see everybody pulling together to ensure these performances are able to go ahead.”
Other performances that will now take place in the concert hall include A Night to Honour Israel (18th July) and Popcorn from Poole Academy of Dance (20th-21st July). Movie Mayhem (pictured) from Emma Castle Performing Arts has new dates and will now take place in the concert hall from 25th-26th July. Check with the box office for changes if you have tickets for any of these events.