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.
An artistic investigation on how the English language is viewed by different groups that use English as a foreign language in the UK.
Eeshita Azad is a bilingual poet, creative producer based in East London. Eeshita’s interest is to investigate how the English language is viewed by different groups that use English as a foreign language in the UK. With ARC’s support, she will be meeting and interviewing non-native individuals/groups living in Stockton, specifically International Students, immigrants and people who are displaced or stateless (refugees). Her residency at ARC will end with a poetry workshop: Time Machine Poetry. The workshop is open to all on Saturday 21 May, 4pm – 6pm. Book tickets here.
Eeshita is a page and stage poet and an arts facilitator with a career spanning 15 years in New York, London and Dhaka. She is currently the Executive Director of British Bilingual Poetry Collective, a London based poetry collective that specialises on community work around heritage, mental wellbeing and poetry for second language speakers. She was one of the poets-in-residence for Bok Bok Books Sensing Bangladesh: A Children’s Guidebook to Art from Bangladesh. Her work includes a commissioned poem for The Francis Crick Institute and Poet in the City’s A drop of Hope project. Her book of poetry, Elegiac Songs by Journeyman Books was published in 2018.
British Bilingual Poetry Collective
BBPC (British Bilingual Poetry Collective) is made of poets and poetry lovers, with a focus on multilingual sharing of poetry for the purpose of mental wellbeing and community building. Poetry is used as a tool alongside very accessible English to expand on intergenerational connections in BAME communities, explore and celebrate the multicultural heritage of this city and the UK. Their work involves performance, writing, translation and publication. They are a Community Interest Company based in London.