Lighthouse unveils autumn schedule

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THERE’S plenty of drama at the Lighthouse in Poole this autumn – thankfully it’s all on the stage.

The arts venue has just unveiled its new season, which begins from September 16-18 with Not About Heroes, the unforgettable story of two of the finest Great War poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Through the letters and poems of these two men, Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play paints a vivid and moving picture of their friendship and the conflict that brought them together.

One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World War, Not About Heroes is both exhilarating and uncompromising in its exploration of love, war and a friendship that changed the face of British poetry.

Marie Jones’s award-winning comedy Stones in his Pockets arrives in Poole on September 19 following a sellout run on Broadway and the West End.

This hilarious and moving tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot is brought to life by two highly talented actors who play 15 characters between them.

Join ski instructors Tony, Isobel, Michelle and Marie in an avalanche of laughs as they take us On the Piste in Chamonix from September 25 – 27.

John Godber’s hilarious play is as fresh as newly fallen snow and in this new version the laughs come thick and fast.

After the hugely successful UK tour of Ha Ha Holmes! in 2013 comes the next installment in the Ha Ha series on October 7.

Ha Ha Hood! stars comedy queen Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord?) and comedy duo Cannon and Ball. Irreverent and funny, this brand new romp will take you on an hilarious adventure through the heroic world of Sherwood Forest, led by Hood and his merry men.

Propeller presents a 60-minute version of its award-winning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, especially devised for young audiences and known as Pocket Dream on October 14.

Under Edward Hall’s direction, this all-male Shakespeare company delivers a fresh and inspiring introduction to the Bard’s work in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere, and a Q&A session with them follows the performance.

From October 15-16, Michael Morpurgo’s novel Private Peaceful comes to the stage through Scamp Theatre Company, and relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. This moving story is suitable for adults and older children aged eight and above.

One of the most popular Christmas films of all time, Miracle on 34th Street comes to the Lighthouse stage from November 20-22 to get you in the mood for the festive season.

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