Billy Elliot lands in Southampton

Most people know the story of Billy Elliot. Set in the 80s during the decline of the coal mining industry, it follows a young boy called Billy who finds a love for ballet and a way to make a better life for himself away from the repression and dreary life as a miner’s son. As…

Chinese Arts Night at Poole Lighthouse

To mark Chinese New Year and the year of the Rooster, the Lighthouse in Poole played host to the ‘Chinese Arts & Culture Night 2017’. There were explosions of colour in the form of the performer’s outfits, magic and some very talented and mind boggling performances from troupes, musicians and individuals alike. I found the…

Swan Lake at the Lighthouse

When the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet came to town, the magic of Russian ballet came with it. As the oboe soars through the first few bars of the main theme, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake never fails to stir the emotions. Marina Medvetskaya’s rendition achieves just that, and the fairy tale is as magical as ever. Possibly…

Take a trip to La La Land

At first glance, La La Land seems like it fits into the mould of the classic movie musical; it’s full of catchy tunes, boy meets girl, and the lovers even have their own musical motif. Then things get a little bumpy, and we take one long ride on the emotional rollercoaster of love. It’s not…