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.
This week we have Unfolding Theatre in residency at ARC, doing research and development for Night Classes, a new show for 2023-24.
An immersive theatre show inspired by disabled people’s insights, Night Classes questions the goal of independence. It challenges the guilt and sense of failure often felt when we ask for help. Wouldn’t we all be better off if we celebrated inter-dependence instead?
Audiences will journey through playful learning experiences. They might learn to grow their own, make soup and navigate using the night sky. However, the journey of learning how to be self-sufficient is interrupted. Things break. Repairing broken bowls introduces ideas of failure and rebuilding. It recognises our need for inter-dependence. The experience culminates by celebrating what we gain by needing each other.
During their week at ARC, Unfolding Theatre want to generate creative writing, music and sound design to inspire their first draft of what Night Classes might be.
They want to engage with community groups at ARC to explore what inter-dependence means to them. They plan to deliver ‘learning exchanges’ where people can share their skills and top tips. This hopes to spark conversations about inter-dependence with local people to inspire their creative process.