New season of Pay What You Decide shows about to begin

Next week sees the start of our new season of theatre shows for adults, all priced on a Pay What You Decide basis.

If you haven’t been to one of these shows before, this means that tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience, which means if you haven’t enjoyed it at all, you don’t have to pay anything.

Pay What You Decide not only allows you to pay what you can afford, rather than a fixed ticket price, but also removes the financial risk of buying a ticket for a show in advance without knowing whether you are going to enjoy it or not. So come and try something new!

Beginning the season on Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 September is a preview of ARC Associate Artist Umar Butt’s brand new show Welcome to the Jungle. This epic, intensely personal tale of how two strangers came to meet each other in the middle of the night, on an empty bridge, helps us all find connection with each other, and celebrate our differences.

In October, UTOPIAN (t’s&c’s apply) sees the return of ARC’s former Artist of Change Symoné to Stockton with a surrealistic circus pop-culture experience that asks ‘why do people abuse power roles?’ If you love a buzzing club atmosphere, amazing visuals and exceptional circus skills – this is for you!

Later in the month you can join Pigfoot Theatre for HOT IN HERE. A protest, a theatre show, and an energy-generating dance party, HOT IN HERE uses dance, real-life stories, and music to share the action taking place internationally against climate injustice, and the UK’s place within it.

November brings Dead Cats to our stage. Part of Proto-type Theater’s critically acclaimed Truth to Power Project, Dead Cats blends new writing, performance, film-making, and an obvious plant, to show – not tell – the truths behind the fictions.

And closing the season is The Wicked Problem by Ergon Theatre, where you will be part of the first ever trial to decide the fate of an individual who has broken a climate law. You, the audience, are the jury. Born out of a desire to bring together arts and science, The Wicked Problem explores themes around climate change, equity and sustainability, offering audiences a uniquely interactive experience as they investigate the future of Britain.

We look forward to welcoming you to one – or more! – of these new and exciting shows this autumn.