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ARC’s artistic policy is to present work that is contemporary and relevant. By that, we mean we want to show work that helps us understand and enjoy the world as it is today. We want to look forward, to excite you about the future. ARC’s programme currently encompasses the following:

Drama, dance and spoken word

ARC presents some of the newest and most exciting performance work being made in the UK today. Our programme features nationally-renowned artists and companies, who are making work we believe is relevant to people’s lives today. We also support the development of work by local and regional artists.

Often we bring work to ARC that challenges perceptions of what performance might usually look like, that offers audiences a different kind of experience to more traditional forms of theatre.
We don’t generally book work that is based around classic texts or adaptations.

Our dance programme is limited to two or three performances a year, usually by national touring companies making contemporary dance theatre.

Ultimately, we present work we are passionate about, so there are exceptions to everything. If you are an artist or company interested in being part of our programme, please email details to Annabel Turpin.

Our drama, dance and spoken word programme is usually booked around 12 months ahead. If you are approaching us about your work, please let us know how you think it fits into our programme, and how you can support us to engage and develop audiences. Increasingly we are working closely with artists and companies during the development of their work, so do get in touch with us at the earliest stage of developing your work and we will tell you whether it is something we are interested in or not.


Performances for families

ARC’s family programme is mainly focussed on work for under 7s, although we are starting to book some work for 8 – 12 year olds. As well as extended runs of live shows for ages 3+ at Christmas and Easter, we present theatre, dance and puppetry performances on Saturdays approximately once a month.

Our family shows are usually booked at least 6 - 8 months ahead. If you are an artist or company interested in performing as part of this programme, please email details to Annabel Turpin.


ARC’s music programme is co-promoted with Middlesbrough based Ten Feet Tall and encompasses a wide range of music including rock, pop, soul, jazz, folk and indie. The Point is an ideal space for music, with a seated capacity of up to 400 and a standing capacity of 550.

If you are an agent or musician looking to perform at ARC and feel you would fit into our programme, please email:

ARC also presents a monthly series of lunchtime classical concerts in association with Master Musicians, featuring young musicians from across the world. Concerts are usually booked at least six months in advance.

Comedy and light entertainment

ARC has a fabulous reputation for comedy amongst audiences and comedians alike, so some of the best comedians around knock on our door wanting to perform here. You can see everything comedic at ARC, from aspiring newcomers at our seasonal Beat the Gong events, where the audience gets to judge whether new acts get ‘gonged off’; to circuit regulars at our monthly Catch 22 Comedy Club nights; to stand up favourites such as Chris Ramsey, Marcus Brigstocke and Jenny Eclair; to comedy legends like Lee Evans and Jack Dee, who have chosen ARC as a great venue to try out new material.

If you are an agent or established comedian looking to perform at ARC, please email:

If you are a newcomer interested in performing at Beat the Gong, please email:


ARC’s film programme features a range of mainstream and arthouse films, independent and world cinema. Our digital projector also enables us to screen live broadcasts such as NT Live and international ballet and opera productions.

ARC works with a freelance Film Programmer to schedule films screened on regular nights, however, one-off screenings may take place on Monday nights as a product of a private hire and collaborations (such as SciScreen). If you are interested in hiring the cinema, please email: