Son et Lumiere

One feature of the Poole Passion has been the inclusion of Son et Lumiere projected both inside and outside St Peter’s Parkstone, the venue for the crucifixion scene.

These have been produced specially for The Poole Passion by Martin Coyne.

Poole Passion Son et Lumiere from Martin Coyne on Vimeo.


Special lighting effects are projected onto the façade of a building or ruin and synchronized with recorded or live narration and music to dramatize the history of the place. The invention of the concept is credited to Paul Robert-Houdin, who was the curator of the Château de Chambord in France, which hosted the world’s first son et lumière in 1952. Encylopedia Britannica