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.
General Prices: Free
Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, bring their important new exhibition, Poetry Pioneers: 35 Years, to ARC.
Poetry Pioneers: 35 Years is a retrospective of Spoken Word, charting the history of UK spoken word over four decades as a celebration of the Apples and Snakes archive in its birthday year.
Guest curators including John Hegley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Inua Ellams, Roger McGough, Hollie McNish, and Cerys Matthews have selected exhibits with personal resonance, and have chosen artists that have influenced their work. Poetry Pioneers: 35 Years showcases memorable performances to inspire the poetry of the future.
Exhibits will include flyers from early gigs dating back to the early 1980s – many in support of political causes such as support for the Miner’s Strike; audio recordings from legendary dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson’s early career; a video booth, and listening posts.
The exhibition offers a chance to experience moments from four decades of the art form, through promotional material, audio and video performances, and interviews that characterise political and personal moments between 1982 and 2013.
As the leading organisation for performance poetry in the country, Apples and Snakes has a national reputation for producing exciting, engaging and transformative work in performance and participation.
Image © Gavin Evans