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Holly Gallagher

Holly Gallagher is a theatre maker, director and facilitator based in Thornaby, Teesside interested in new work that speaks about the world we live in today and stimulates an audience's imagination.

She has an MA with Distinction in Theatre and Performance from Northumbria University and has showcased and performed in work at Northern Stage, Live Theatre, ARC Stockton, Alphabetti Theatre, GIFT Festival, and Moor Theatre Delicatessen. She was also a recipient of the Third Angel Mentorship scheme 2017.

Currently, alongside a variety of facilitation work with young people, Holly is touring her debut solo show Before (the line is lost), and working on her second solo show Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End).

Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit's End) is a performance about Stress. And figuring out why so many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree. It's about fear, pressure, uncertainty. It's about sadness and mental health and how we help ourselves. It's about feeling like things are all A Bit Too Much and then the cat goes missing. It's a show about the world we live in now, and will prove essential viewing in a society that just can't seem to relax anymore.

On becoming an ARC Associate Artist, Holly told us "Making work as a solo artist can quite often be lonely, stressful, and uncertain, so having any kind of support is always massively valued. To know that my support is coming from a venue as nurturing and passionate as ARC is very exciting indeed! I’m massively looking forward to seeing how this new working relationship will enable my work to grow and develop."

"It’s also quite an honour to be becoming an Associate Artist at the building where I had my first ever taste of theatre through ARC Kids Seniors at the age of 11 (and where I stayed as a member of ARClub until age 18)!"

Follow Holly on Twitter @hollyrachael_