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A chat with Grow Up Grandad's teenage stars

gug image2_6.jpgAhead of the return of Steelworks theatre’s Grow Up Grandad in September, we’ve been chatting to Eliza Dobson, 14, and Rose Allen, 13, the two young actresses who will be reprising the role of troublesome teenager, Poppy.




The summer programme at ARC's cinema

cinema_carousel.jpgAs ARC Programme Coordinator, I do lots of things. I work with artists coming in to perform or make work here, I work with other venues as our associate artist’s tour the country, and I work with independent cinema programmer Gareth Negus to curate and programme ARC’s 131 seat cinema. We’ve just launched our really exciting summer cinema programme, which is a great example of the variety of films we screen at ARC.

Attending the TCG Conference in Washington DC


Over the past few days, I've been lucky enough to attend the TCG conference in Washington DC, as part of a group of 11 UK delegates supported by Arts Council England. TCG is the Theatre Communications Group, a national infrastructure organisation which exists to 'foster communication among professional, community and university theatres'.

On-Demand Digital Theatre – The Future of Theatre?

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In an age of on-demand TV, music and movies, where does theatre fit? Innovative theatre company Metro-Boulot-Dodo may have the answer with HACT, a digital theatre experiment taking place at ARC until 24 June. Working on the fact that most theatre shows take place in the evening, HACT offers on-demand bitesize theatre experiences that can be accessed by anyone in the venue at any time. These experiences take the form of an audio play that traverses all levels of ARC, and a virtual reality auditorium.

A Place for Arts and Community


Here at ARC, we’re passionate about community.

That might be our local community of Stockton-on-Tees, the wider area of Teesside, or even the North East of England.

It might also be the artistic community of theatremakers, writers and actors who we work with and support.

Our work is rooted in these communities, and we want it to offer value and inspiration, and the chance to connect with the creative arts.