Fred Karno, man of Poole

In his heyday he was one of the biggest names in showbusiness, perhaps the biggest, responsible for discovering Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. His companies toured all over the world, British troops in the trenches of World War 1 sang about him and Hollywood comedy mogul Hal Roach proclaimed him a ‘genius… who originated slapstick 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…

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…

Upton House – ‘secret’ no more

For years it was one of Poole’s best-kept secrets, but lately Upton House and Country Park has been making much more of its many charms. It is now one of the town’s top ten things to do on the inescapable TripAdvisor review site and last year welcomed more than 670,000 visitors, a twelve per cent Read More…

Garland Jeffreys 31:03:2017

Mr Kyps, Ashley Cross, Poole At 73 Garland Jeffreys may not need a bigger audience in this country but his music sure as heck deserves it. Its warm embrace of rock, soul, jazz, blues, reggae and merengue is allied to literate, searching lyrics that have been striking chords with everything that’s right for nearly 45 years. A 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…