Dates & Times
ARC’s policy is to set ticket prices based on demand, like budget airlines, which means we set a price when the event goes on sale and then sometimes put the price up or down depending on how the show is selling. Usually, the price will increase as we get closer to the event, so it is advantageous to book in advance, although sometimes we will put special offers on and reduce the price. Our website will always show the current ticket price.
ARC’s theatre and dance performances are priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, which means you don’t have to pay until after you have seen a show!
We want to encourage more people to come and see shows at ARC, more often. 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.
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.
All money collected will help ARC pay the artists who have performed, and we therefore hope you will give generously.
Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, either by cash on the door or by card at the Box Office.
This class takes place in person and online.
ARCulele Beginners is a fun and exciting band session for ukulele fans, and this brand new beginners class will give you the skills and confidence you need to pluck along to all your favourite tunes.
Even if you’ve never been able to keep a beat or you haven’t picked up an instrument in years, it’s never too late! Come and enjoy a new and exciting hobby with a group of friendly and like-minded individuals.
Participants have the opportunity to take part in a diverse range of public performances if they wish. Recent highlights have included performances at GLOBEfest 2022 (Stockton Globe), Community Meal (ARC) and for a variety of community groups and events.
If you don’t have your own Ukulele to bring to the session, don’t worry! We have a small number of instruments available for you to use.
About the Tutor
Stephen Wetherell is a Teesside-based community musician with a passion for bringing people together through music. With years of experience working in various settings, including schools, community centres, and cultural events, Stephen uses his skills to create engaging and interactive music programs that foster connection and joy. Through his work, he aims to promote social inclusion and improve the well-being of all those he works with
ARCulele Beginners typically starts with a tune-up to ensure everyone’s instrument is in tune. This is followed by a warm-up sing-a-long, which is a song chosen from the previous week’s session to get everyone’s fingers moving and their hands limber.
Next, the instructor may introduce a new technique or chord progression for the “song of the day,” which is a popular tune chosen for everyone to learn and play together. The instructor will demonstrate the technique and provide guidance on how to play the chords correctly.
Finally, everyone is encouraged to sing along while playing the “song of the day.” The goal of the ukulele session is to create a fun and supportive environment where people can learn new ukulele skills, meet others in the community, and enjoy playing music together.
Please note: The beginner session goes at a slower pace to accommodate participants who are new to the instrument.
Benefits of ARCulele Beginners
Taking part in ARCulele Beginners has a range of health and well-being benefits, including:
- Increased coordination
- Increases brain function
- Encourages self-expression
- Natural stress relief
- Improves concentration
What do I need to bring?
A ukulele and a music stand if you have them, but we have a limited amount available to borrow if you don’t. All sheet music will be provided for you.
How to join in online
All of our online content, from classes to events, can be accessed from our dedicated online platform CogPlayer. This links directly with your ARC account and automatically provides access to content you have booked through ARC’s website. This means you can log in with your usual ARC account details to easily access classes, performances, and other online activities.