Pay What You Decide Info
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.
Four poetry workshops with mini-walks to explore four aspects of ARC and Stockton’s history and environment. Meet at ARC, bring a notebook, pen and camera/phone, and wear comfy shoes!
Tue 24 Aug 11am – Hidden Histories with Phee Arnison
Nostalgia can be found in our everyday surroundings; from old buildings and shops, to places you never even knew existed! Join Phee on this guided writing walk, exploring the hidden gems of Stockton High Street, Parish Church and The Green Dragon Yard.
Tue 31 Aug 2pm – We Heart ARC with Lynne McFarlane
Surprising facts, favourite shows, and a glimpse behind the scenes will get you thinking, remembering and writing about ARC. Join Lynne for an ‘indoor walk’ exploring ARC and its history, before fuelling our writing with memories, fantasies, and delicious treats from No 60 cafe!
Tue 7 Sept 2pm – All Work and No Play with India Hunter
A walk along the river will take us face to face with the ghosts of Stockton’s former workhouses. Join young history fan India to uncover the lost Victorian legacy of the town, respond to first-hand accounts of life in the workhouse, and discuss the stories that get written out of mainstream history.
Tue 14 Sept 1pm – Sensory Saunter with Julie Easley
Making a gentle loop through the High Street and riverside, join Julie to spend some time gathering sensory impressions of Stockton. Easy writing challenges will lead you to create a free-verse poem conjuring the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the town.