As it prepares to reopen to the public next week Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is welcoming the warmer weather with some fantastic additions to its Lighthouse: OUTSIDE season of performances outdoors in the Amphitheatre.
With the global music flavours of Soothsayers, We Afro Tallaweh and Thokozile Collective, as well as the funk-soul flavoured ‘odd pop’ of Pattern Pusher, there’s plenty of beat to move the feet under summer skies.
Add to that the off-the-cuff comedy brilliance of Black Cherry Improv and Squashbox Theatre’s tremendous guide to trees and there’s something for all the family to enjoy in the great outdoors at Lighthouse this summer.
Looking further ahead we are delighted to welcome the UK’s top podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish, to record a special episode of Nerd Immunity; while lexicographers and wordsmiths of all kinds will be overjoyed to learn the etymological entertainer of TV’s Countdown, Susie Dent, is heading our way next year.
The full list of titles going on sale this week is:
Lighthouse OUTSIDE: Upswing: Circus Flavours
Saturday 5 June, Amphitheatre, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm 3.15pm, 4.30pm, 5.15pm
A showcase of diverse, energetic circus acts followed by workshops for the audience. For anyone who’s dreamt of joining the circus, this is a perfect chance to try out your skills in a self-contained, immersive and fun session. Age guidance: 7+
Lighthouse OUTSIDE: Black Cherry Improv
Friday 18 June, Amphitheatre, 7pm
A night of comedy that takes audience participation to the next level. Your suggestions could be turned into a scene, a song, a skit or evening become a smash hit musical! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this epic improvised comedy show. Age guidance: 12+
Lighthouse OUTSIDE: Squashbox Theatre – Tales from the Trees
Saturday 19 June, Amphitheatre, 11am, 2pm
From branch to leaf and twig to root, from berry to blossom and bark to fruit.. Tales from the Trees is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Age guidance: 5+
Lighthouse OUTSIDE: Pattern Pusher
Saturday 19 June, Amphitheatre, 7pm
Pattern Pusher are an energetic funk-soul three piece who create uplifting, inspiring and optimistic music that is hitting all the right notes in a world crying out for positivity. Before lockdown the band and had just won the Glastonbury Pilton Party competition (judged by Michael Eavis) which led them to playing in front of 8,000 people supporting Supergrass and Wolf Alice and had performed all over the UK and on main stages at festivals such as Bearded Theory and Beautiful Days.
Lighthouse OUTSIDE: Soothsayers
Friday 2 July, Amphitheatre, 7.30pm
Summer’s here and what better way to prepare for a weekend of live music outdoors than with Soothsayers’ fantastic blend of dub, jazz and Afrobeat? Picked up in South London’s cultural melting pot and brought to life with a large collective of musicians, guest artists and producers, Soothsayers are on a constantly evolving musical journey and have just released their ninth album, We Are Many.
Lighthouse OUTSIDE: We Afro Tallawah + The Thokozile Collective
Friday 16 July, Amphitheatre, 7.30pm
Two of the South-West’s most popular bands come together to cement the summer vibe as part of our summer season of performances outdoors. We Afro Tallawah weave together influences from as far as Antigua, Jamaica, Gambia and Madagascar; while The Thokozile Collective’s vibrant blend of world and acid jazz sounds has won them a loyal following.
Strictly Stage Theatre School: Come What May
Friday 30 July, Theatre, 7.30pm
A lavish musical theatre journey, full of song and dance with epic excerpts from shows including Beetlejuice and Wicked, plus the legendary music of stars like Freddie Mercury and Tina Turner.
How the Koala Learnt to Hug
Saturday 25 September, Theatre, 2pm
Everyone knows that koalas love a cuddle but, the truth is, that wasn’t always the case. So how exactly did the koala learn to hug? Ten years after the publication of Steven Lee’s best-selling book, Karen the Koala and her fabulous furry friends are back to answer that age old question and remind us once again why there’s nothing quite as wonderful as a nice warm hug. Age guidance: 2+
No Such Thing As a Fish: Nerd Immunity
Friday 29 October, Concert Hall, 7.30pm
The UK’s top podcast is back on the road. Each show will feature a live recording of a podcast episode plus a first half stuffed to the gills with facts, comedy, and two years’ worth of pent-up nerdery that wouldn’t have worked over Zoom.
Susie Dent: The Secret Life of Words
Sunday 15 May 2022, Theatre, 7pm
Lexicographer, best-selling author and the Queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent takes a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day.
Tickets go on pre-sale to Lighthouse Friends only from Wednesday 12 May and on general sale from Friday 14 May.
Subject to the latest safety guidelines, more shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
For details of Lighthouse Friends visit https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/support-lighthouse/.