May at ARC

A collage of 4 images from shows Hey Diddle Diddle, The Tiger Lillies, What is Love?, and Mark Simmons Quip Off The Mark

Wondering what’s on this May? Here’s a quick look at what you can enjoy at ARC this month!

The Zombies make their long-awaited return to our stage tonight (Wed 3 May), before the Grammy-nominated godfathers of alternative cabaret, The Tiger Lillies, bring us career-spanning concert this Sat 6 May. The following weekend sees the building taken over by the Stockton Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival, and later in the month we’re looking forward to another fantastic night with the always entertaining Bootleg Blondie.

This weekend also sees the ARCtic Piranhas, a group of learning-disabled adults who plan fun, safe and inclusive club night events for learning disabled in adults in Teesside, bring us their 90’s Throwback Party on Friday, while children age 6 and under (and their grown-ups!) are sure to love Kitchen Zoo’s spectacular nursery rhyme cabaret Hey Diddle Diddle, here this Sat 6 May. And Club Groovy’s Funky Family Festival at the end of the month will have your little ones moving and grooving to a show that promises to be jam packed full of festival anthems, colour and celebration!

Theatre fans can look forward to a preview performance of What is Love?, the brand-new show from ARC Associate Artist Umar Butt, and The Northern School of Art students will be showcasing their work ahead of graduation in When All That’s Left, a collaboration with playwright Lucy Curry.

There will also be comedy capers this May as master of one-liners Mark Simmons brings us his hotly-anticipated show Quip Off The Mark, and MC Dave Twentyman hosts our monthly Catch 22 Comedy Club with guests including Liam Pickford and Catherine Young (please note, Catch 22 line-ups are subject to change so please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for the latest news!).

Cinema-goers can enjoy a wide range of screenings from Cairo Conspiracy and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, to National Theatre Live’s presentation of Best of Enemies (starring David Harewood and Zachary Quinto). There’s also the opportunity to join more students from The Northern School of Art as they present the final films of their course in The Northern Film Festival 2023. And don’t forget our regular programme of family films, which this month includes Mummies and The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Elsewhere, our regular classes and activities for adults continues as usual – join us for everything from Tai Chi and Ballet Pilates to Singers, ARCulele, and more! This month you can also give Capoeira a try – a Brazilian artform that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics but is played as a game. Or maybe you fancy joining experienced artist Judith Gill as she shows you how to turn old plastic bottles into beautiful flowers in our Upcycled Flowers class?

Find out more about everything that’s on this month at ARC, and we look forward to welcoming you soon!