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 Is Not A Dream is a multidisciplinary circus theatre show that explores themes of consciousness, mental health and shared human experiences using high-quality circus, physical theatre, and live music. The show invites audiences to explore new perspectives of the lives we live and share together as human beings. CIRC Motif is known for its use of extreme physicality and high-level circus, this show is no exception. This Is Not A Dream allows audiences to immerse themselves in hallucinatory imagery and sound that will distort reality and allow us to question what we know to be reality or just shared hallucination.
‘Indeed, in a way, we’re always hallucinating. It’s just that when we agree about our hallucinations, that’s what we call reality.’ – Anil Seth
Residency at ARC
This week CIRC Motif will be working in ARC to develop technical opportunities and circus choreography. Using the incredible resources at ARC they are excited to see how far they can push the illusion of circus and music.
About the Company
Established in 2018 CIRC Motif creates engaging and innovative performances using multidisciplinary art forms such as circus, theatre, dance and music. Based in the North East of England the company consists of Creative Director & Producer Hannah Thompson and a large collection of associate artists and creators. In this project the collaborators are:
Jake Thompson – Handbalancer, Acrobat and Provocateur, Toulouse France
Louis Lamer – Clown, Acrobat & Baloon Artist, Toulouse France
Sofia Zambrano Olivares – Contortionist, Aerialist & Clown, Toulouse France
Tobias Sarra – Musical Director & Musician, Newcastle UK
Ceitdh Mac – Song QWriter & Musician, Newcastle UK
CIRC Motif, meaning circus is our reoccurring theme and starting point, are passionate about creating high-quality work in the North East drawing on the rich and multifaceted culture we house and develop here.
Their work stems from lived experiences and manifested dreams and realities that in one way or another tell a story that our audience can relate to and experience personally. They aim to redefine what circus performance can look like, and feel like. They pride ourselves in making immersive work that needs no pre-requites to culture or art.