On your marks for ARC’s Easter Show

Join the famous commentator Chris Canary for the sporting event in the entire animal kingdom’s diary: why is that un-hurried herbivore so sure that she can beat nature’s speediest ego-on-paws? Who will win and who will you cheer for?!

Following their shows, The Elves and The Shoemaker, The Enormous Turnip and Little Red Hen and 3 Little Pigs, the hare-brained Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return this April with an up-to-date, Olympic-sized re-write of this world famous fable. Get ready for more amazing puppets, music and surprises aplenty in this enchanting show for everyone aged 3 and above!

The Hare and the Tortoise launches a new region-wide initiative to celebrate first theatre experiences. ARC, in partnership with Theatre Hullabaloo, will be the first of seven venues across the North East to host the Theatre First Booth in 2014 so that family audiences can share their first memories of going to the theatre via social media.

Will The Hare and the Tortoise be your child’s first trip to the theatre? Make sure to record it in the Theatre Firsts Booth and share it with the region. #theatrefirstie

Stuff and Nonsense make energetic, thought-provoking and playfully mischievous theatre productions for children aged 2 upwards and their families. They work with children to create ideas, using the power of great imagination, fantastic puppetry and lots of physical action.

• Stuff and Nonsense present The Hare and The Tortoise from Tues 1 – Thur 10 Apr at various times. Tickets are F: 9 Family (4 people): £32 and can be purchased here.

• Theatre Hullabaloo’s Theatre Firsts Booth will be spending a month at seven venues across the North East (ARC, Arts Centre Washington, Darlington Civic Theatre, Gala Durham, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Town Hall Theatre Hartlepool and The Witham Barnard Castle) before ending up at TakeOff Festival from 20 – 26 October 2014.

• To find out more about the Theatre Firsts initiative, please contact Dorcas Pye or Miranda Thain at Theatre Hullabaloo on 01325 352 004 or email [email protected]. More information can also be found on Theatre Hullabaloo’s blog. Visit Theatre Hullabaloo’s website to see what’s on for young audiences in the North East.