Andover comes alive at The Lights

Come along to The Lights 10 February 2016 to see five professional actors bring alive Andover in the

1960’s, a decade that changed the town for ever.

Based on the memories of local people, And Now We Tell Our Tale was originally written by Roy

Chatfield as a youth theatre piece for fifty-four children and young adults successfully staged last

February. Roy has now rewritten it for five professional actors, and includes additional stories from

the interviews.

The five actors selected are

Nick Bull

Charlotte Ellis

Verity Hewlett

Sharon O’Leary

Fraser Wilson

Director John Baxter is looking forward to working with this enthusiastic and experienced team of

actors. ‘It is an event in itself that we’re bringing professional actors into local schools. That it’s a piece

of theatre about Andover and created wholly in Andover makes it unique.’

In addition to the public performance, the cast will be giving performances and workshops in local


The Performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 (concessions £3), obtainable from The Lights.

There will also be a Q & A session with the cast and team after the performance.

The project is supported by HCC, TVBC, Test Valley Arts Foundation and The Lights.

Andover Celebrates Young Writers with a book launch at The Lights

It's a monster of a book

It’s a monster of a book

You’ve been invited by Test Valley Arts Foundation to the launch of their first anthology, “Celebrate Youth Writing 2015”. The new book is full of poems, short stories and initial chapters of novels written by young writers aged 11-21. The launch will take place on June 16th starting at 7.30pm at The Lights. Everone who buys a ticket will receive a free copy of the e-book.


The books entries are varied and their themes range from playful comedy to poignant tragedy, from superheroes to the ordinary heroes of World War 1 trenches, from science-fiction-style alien invasions to animal stories.

The launch at The Lights will have a showcase of poems, sketches, and 4 short films by Testbourne School, monologues from Long Overdue theatre company, a dance from Ruby Slippers School especially made for the show and  orginal music, all inspired by the anthology.


“We want to have a fun, party-style feel to the launch. We’re very keen to show how exceptional these young writers are. The stories in our book are teaching us what’s important to young people in the 21st century.” said organiser Cat Randle

20 young writers aged 11-21 were chosen out of entries from all over Hampshire.

Tickets to the celebration are on sale at The Lights. The books will be on sale from 7.00 onwards. The event and anthology are sponsored by BeWiser and supported by Test Valley Arts Foundation, Cat’s Writing Room and Bees’ Nest Books.




Coming to The Lights

Two theatre companies are returning to The Lights.

Sell A Door present Kidnapped on Tuesday, 8 May. This adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure story promises plenty of physical storytelling and imagination for all the family.

Baroque Theatre Company bring us Up Pompei on Thursday 5 June. ‘Infamy, infamy! They’ve all got in in for me.’


Back Again

The theatre bolg is back again, and so is Andover’s Unity theatre, who are presenting another christian panto at The Lights on 14 and 15 april, starting at 7.30pm.

Once again the script is by Jez Jameson and Sharon O’Leary, and promises to be as much fun as their previous productions

October Theatre at The Lights

October is theatre month at The Lights, with five productions coming to Andover

The season begins on 4 October when Reduced Shakespeare Company bring the complete works of Shakespeare. Save time and money and see all the plays in one evening – sort of.

6 October hosts a 2pm matinee of Treasure Island, suitable for 6 and above.

After Shakespeare, Dickens. Hotbuckle Theatre return to The Lights with  David Copperfield on 9 October. Hotbuckle’s last visit brought us Les Miserables.

14 October brings a Halloween taster with Dracula, presented by Blackeyed Theatre. Their previous shows at The Lights have been Teechers and Mother Courage.

A pause for breath and another children’s matinee at 11am on 28 October. Blunderbuss Theatre bring  Dottie The Dragon for 3-7 year olds. Well behaved grown-ups are also welcome.

Evening performances are at 7.30, apart from Reduced Shakespeare at 7.45.