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The launch of a new monthly residency in ARC created by Teesside’s very own Wild Rover and Wildcats of Kilkenny frontman Mike McGrother. Join Mike as he shares songs, stories and observations revealing the often hidden, forgotten but still (extra)ordinary people and events of the Tees in his own, inimitable and ‘mischievous’ style.

We are told there are twelve archetypes which reflect humanity: The Innocent; The Everyman; The Hero; The Outlaw; The Explorer; The Creator; The Ruler; The Magician; The Lover; The Caregiver; The Jester, and The Sage. They live amongst us – and they ARE us! But who and where are they?!

Expect songs, special guests, audience interaction and, knowing Mike, a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Mark these beauties in your diary and enjoy a show each month that will leave you laughing, crying, thinking and learning so much more about our wonderful Teesside community and the people living in it.

This launch event sets the scene, focussing on some of the oddities and inspirations behind Mike’s own work and it also gives him the chance to collaborate with and introduce one of ARC’s associate artists, Scott Turnbull:

“I am delighted to be joined on my Archetype journey by the fantastic Scott Turnbull. I have known Scott for almost 20 years having somehow convinced the rather reticent young man to enrol onto the Performing Arts Course I was then running at Stockton & Billingham College. He always had a spark about him and whether it was playing the boyish Charlie Bucket in our production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the dark, menacing Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar (he was one of the first performers to grace the stage when ARC re-opened back in 2004), Scott always had something creative and different up his sleeve. He went on to train at LIPA before re-emerging back on Teesside as a remarkable writer, performer and illustrator. He created the quite amazing ‘Where Do All The Dead Pigeons Go’ and his ability to tell a story in the most compelling, hilarious but equally at times devastating manner absolutely blew me away. Scott is now working on his new project ‘The Smog’ but I have invited him to help me tell stories of people we both live alongside because his inventiveness, humour and surreal approach will, if nothing else, keep ME entertained and energised. Expect laughs. Expect loose lunacy and expect extraordinary overhead projector craftsmanship as you’ve never seen it before. I think this collaboration is going to be really quite special.”

Please note: Tickets for this performance are currently being sold on a socially distanced basis. As COVID-19 restrictions change we may update seating layouts, and so reserved seats may change from those selected at the time of booking. We will contact customers about changes to their booking including any changes to seating allocations.

Please note: This is a socially distanced event. Seats are available in strict bubbles, which allow at least a 1m gap between parties. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, group sizes are currently restricted to a maximum of six people, who must all be from one household / support bubble. We have done our best to provide availability for groups of various sizes, but if you can’t see the seating bubble you need for your group, we are happy to help you find appropriate seating. You can contact our Box Office with your seating enquiries on 01642 525199 or email [email protected].

Photo credit – ENA Photography