Lighthouse Theatre Needs Your Vote
3:14pm 15th September 2014
(Updated 3:15pm 15th September 2014)
Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, is mobilising its legions of supporters throughout Dorset and beyond as it bids to win the My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award at the annual UK Theatre Awards.
Public voting for the award is now open and draws to a close at midnight on 29 September, with the winner to be announced at the UK Theatre Awards in London’s historic Guildhall on 19 October.
Organised by UK Theatre (the UK’s leading membership organisation for theatre and the performing arts), the UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
Lighthouse matters to the community as it opens up opportunities for new groups who may have never been able to experience live theatre before. Audio described, captioned and relaxed performances are all regular features of the Lighthouse programme, and more recently the arts centre has become the home of integrated theatre company Remix Gold, which works with young people, some of whom have learning disabilities or physical impairments.
Claire Hodgson, Chief Executive of Diverse City, the company behind Remix Gold explains why Lighthouse matters to them: “Lighthouse is crucial to the project because what I feel passionate about is that ‘community projects’ get to perform and rehearse in professional venues not cold school halls outside of term times. It raises young people’s aspirations and brings them into contact with professional technicians and arts professionals. The young people love it here, they like all the staff and it’s exciting, even in just coming in through the stage door with other artists. Being at Lighthouse helps them to understand how it all works and I think it’s really important to help young people to understand what a job in the arts might be like. I think it’s a great use of Lighthouse’s space and is one of the few places we can do aerial work in our county. It seems Lighthouse is beginning, more and more, to commission and develop work by Dorset based artists and I see ourselves as being part of that development of home grown work - I think it’s great that a receiving house is also investing in local artists.”
The UK Theatre Awards form part of My Theatre Matters! - a nationwide campaign aimed at galvanising public support for local theatres across the UK in response to extreme pressures on local government funding. The campaign is led jointly by Equity, The Stage and UK Theatre. Over 220 theatres have registered to take part in this year’s vote. To ensure a fair and competitive process, the public voting system will be partially weighted by theatre capacity to ensure that smaller theatres have as good a chance of winning as large venues.
Online voting for Lighthouse in the Most Welcoming Theatre Award is now open at the My Theatre Matters website – http://www.mytheatrematters.com/surveys/south-west – and closes at midnight on 29 September.