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.
Rachel Stockdale is in residency this week working on her new show Fat Chance.
Rachel Stockdale – Writer/Performer
Rachel is a fat, benefit class actor and theatre-maker from TS1, in the top 1% of underprivileged areas in the UK.
She studied BA (Hons) Performance at Northumbria University and received a full scholarship to ALRA North, gaining an MA in Professional Acting.
As a writer/performer, her credits include Tub Time: Unplugged for Northern Stage, Coal Girls at Oldham Coliseum and Bin Day on BBC iPlayer, which was created in lockdown and recently won Best Short Film at the North East International Film Festival.
As an actor, Rachel’s credits include Scar Top for the series United Kingdoms on BBC Radio 4, Black Dark at Live Theatre, A View From The Bridge at Bolton Octagon and The Black Prince on Netflix.
Rachel is also a trained teacher and lead facilitator for Live Youth Theatre and Newcastle Theatre Royal, and co-produces Four New Plays at The Central Bar in Gateshead, a quarterly new writing night showcasing emerging and diverse talent.
Rachel is represented by BOSH Management and The Voice Agency.
by Rachel Stockdale
Fatphobia – a pathological fear of fatness.
1) Intrapersonal Fatphobia – how you view yourself
2) Interpersonal Fatphobia – how other people treat you/comment on your body.
3) Institutional Fatphobia – lack of access to meaningful participation in society, i.e. a sense of belonging, quality medical care and representation in media.
Fat Chance is for anyone who has ever felt like they’ve had to shrink themselves
Anyone who’s adapted to be more palatable for others
Anyone who’s ever put on or lost weight & noticed they’ve been treated differently…
Anyone who has had free school dinners
Anyone who feels they don’t fit.
Fat Chance is a celebratory, political, dark comedy using autobiographical content. This one woman play combines stand-up, live music and pop culture references to show writer/performer Rachel Stockdale’s story as a benefit class, fat actress. From audition nerves, throwaway comments from costume ladies to literally breaking a leg.
Follow Rachel’s weight-gain journey from size 8-18, looking at the pitfalls of trying to have it all in your twenties and what happens when a ‘career woman’ accidentally finds the love of her life at 21.
Writer/Performer: Rachel Stockdale
Director: Jonluke McKie
Dramaturg: Laura Lindow
Assistant Director: Humira Imtiaz
Lighting & AV Design: Simon Cole
Sound Design & Composer: WIlf Stone
Set & Costume Design: Amy Watts
Stage Manager: Lindsay McGlone
Mentor: Dr Charlotte Cooper
20 July: The Old Fire Station, Middlesbrough
22 & 23 July: Live Theatre, Newcastle – book tickets
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Pleasance Dome: 3 – 28 Aug, 10.30am – book tickets
Fat Chance is supported by Arts Council England, Durham Gala, the ARC Stockton, Live Theatre & Middlesbrough Council.