At 82, is John the oldest working cinema projectionist in Britain?

John Newcombe has been showing films since 1952 – and at 82 years young he’s still going strong, working regular shifts at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. Could he be Britain’s oldest working cinema projectionist? His first break came as a teenage rewind boy in the ABC cinema in Northampton where his job was Read More…

James Taylor Quartet 15:02:2019

The Sherling Studio, Lighthouse, Poole There’s something about an intimate venue and a sell-out audience, particularly when it’s for an act that would usually pack a place twice its size or more. No matter that a sizeable majority of the house are seasoned jazzers that have seen it all before – at least once – Read More…

Arts for all our sakes

The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies was founded 50 years ago. Now rebranded as the Arts Society, its membership is made up of local and regional societies formed by people who share a passion for the broad range of arts and are curious to find out more about artistic heritage. Dorset’s various Read More…

Happy memories of arts centre 40 years ago

Cherry Haynes has been coming to Lighthouse since before it opened and says she loves it just as much now as she ever did. Having applied after seeing an advert in the Echo, Cherry was one of our first stewards – or usherettes as they were known then – and attended a series of training Read More…

Remembering Graham Stansfield

Graham Stansfield 3 May 1940 to 13 April 2018 Dorset composer Graham Stansfield passed away peacefully in Poole Hospital on Friday 13 April following a long and valiant struggle with cancer, an illness he steadfastly refused to make concessions to. He worked consistently throughout lengthy and often debilitating periods of treatment. Indeed, just six days Read More…

Motionhouse – Charge 27:04:2018

Lighthouse, Poole Intensely physical, relentlessly kinetic, this electrifying new work from Motionhouse founder and artistic director Kevin Finnan is the third – and arguably most human – part of his Earth trilogy. Fusing science and the creative arts it looks at our relationship with energy, specifically electricity, from the first sparks of human life, through Read More…

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 15:11:2017

Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts In a night of intense drama the home audience was gripped by the raw, physical power of a performance in which passages of near silence teetered on the brink of stillness without ever quite surrendering to the void. Every inch the favourite general, Kirill Karabits marshalled his musical troops Read More…

Flit 28:10:2016

Lighthouse, Poole It’s billed as a ‘folk supergroup’, but that soubriquet only tells a fraction of the story. Flit is a group comprising Martin Green (Lau), Becky Unthank, Adam Holmes (The Embers), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai). It’s also a multimedia production directed by Green with brilliantly produced animated interventions from whiterobot (Will Read More…

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 09:03:2016

As religious works go, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem has come down to us more or less as the composer intended it – as a source of comfort to the living as they come to terms with loss. It’s an arm around the shoulder, a warm hug, an empathetic look that acknowledges the pain of grief and offers Read More…

Dr John Cooper Clarke 10:02:2016

Dr John Cooper Clarke + Mike Garry + Luke Wright Lighthouse, Poole It’s all about balance – the sweet with the dour, the gruff with the smooth, the happy with the mad… Strikingly attired in tails, spray-on jeans and ox blood DMs with Eraserhead hair to challenge that of the headline act’s in its prime, 30-something Read More…