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.
Audrey is a contemporary theatre maker and creative practitioner based in Teesside and working across the North East for organisations such as ARC, Curious Arts, and Alphabetti Theatre. Though they work across multiple disciplines and genres, they often explore queer or class identity within their work, and has been building a practice around using surreal, eccentric, and whimsical forms to create liberating queer and genderqueer characters and stories.
Audrey has been commissioned by ARC and Stockton Council to create a piece of outdoor performance to be shown at Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) in August! They will be working on this piece during their residency at ARC.
Ricky the Itch by Audrey Cook
Ricky the Itch is a piece of queer solo performance that combines a youthful coming of age story, with gothic shanty town folk lore. Ricky the Itch presents The Itch, a well known and commonly feared local cryptid that one day emerged from the Tees. When the story is taken from the locals and told by the monster, the Itch goes on an absurd journey of reclaiming his identity as a putrid creature.
(Header image of Audrey by Matthew Cooper)