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.
Dr Angela Hodge
Reader in Biology
Underground Movers and Shakers:Communications via Belowground Fungal Networks
The majority of land plants form close associations in their roots with certain types of soil fungi. These associations are called ‘mycorrhiza’ (literally meaning ‘fungus-root’) symbiosis and both the plant and the fungal partner benefit from this close association. The fungus obtains a supply of carbon from the plant whereas the fungus can confer a number of benefits to the plant including enhanced nutrient and water uptake. In addition to living within the root, the fungi also extend their hyphal strands outside of the root into the soil environment. These external hyphae help explore the soil environment for resources but they can also connect different plants in a community together via their long, filamentous hyphal networks and it has been proposed that resources can be shared among different plants plugged into this fungal network. This talk will discuss the role of mycorrhizas in soil systems and the evidence for nutrient movement along these fungal networks. In addition, more recent evidence that suggests these underground fungal networks may act as an early warning system among members of the connected plant community that an attack by insect pests may be imminent will also be discussed and the role of these fungi in future sustainable agriculture systems considered.
Angela obtained her first degree in Soil Science and Microbiology (joint Hons) and her PhD from the University of Aberdeen. She then worked as a Higher Scientific Officer at The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen (now the James Hutton) before arriving in York for a postdoctoral position. This was followed by a The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Sir David Phillips Fellowship, a Lectureship, Senior Lectureship and now Reader in the Department of Biology at the University of York. Her work over her career has focused upon plant-soil-microbial interactions in particular nutrient cycling, root responses and mycorrhizal associations all within the context of agriculture sustainability.