ARC Stockton Arts Centre

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Relaxed performances & screenings

Access is an important to ARC as part of our commitment to increasing opportunities in the arts for disabled people at every level. As part of our Cultural Shift programme we are assessing and improving the access we provide.

We have introduced a number of daytime family theatre performances and cinema screenings designed to make trips to ARC a more relaxed experience for learning disabled people, people with autism and people with sensory or neurological conditions. Relaxed performances have a number of distinguishing features:

  • Lower volume levels
  • No foyer music
  • Consistent lighting with auditorium lights on throughout
  • There is a relaxed attitude to noise and moving around the auditorium
  • You can reserve extra seats if you need space to be comfortable
  • We won’t ask to see tickets until you are in your seats
  • If you prefer not to queue please let us know when booking
  • We can provide a chill out space should you need a break


The Musicians of Bremen (this performance is non-verbal, so it is accessible for children who are deaf or hard of hearding). - Fri 17 Feb 2.30pm Book here

Nearly There Yet presents the Party - Sat 8 Apr 11.30am Book here

The Girl & The Giraffe - Fri 2 Jun 2.30pm Book here 



We also have the following relaxed screenings coming up in our cinema:

Trolls (U) -  Tue 14 Feb 11am Book here


Free tickets are available for companions

A free ticket is available to a companion accompanying a disabled person to an event, where it is an access requirement. If you would like to register for a free ticket to an event as a companion, please click here to fill out the form, and then return it to us either in person, by email at or post it to:  ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about our relaxed performances and screenings, please contact the Box Office on 01642 525199 or email - we're happy to talk to you about your family's requirements.