Pay What You Decide Info
Content advice: Please note Lorraine Smith’s performance contains graphic adult content including reference to sexual assault.
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.
Seating: Unallocated - Cabaret
*This event can be attended in person or watched online*
Join Bordello Collective as they curate a collage of cabaret made up of fabulous artists from the world of drag, queer cabaret and performance arts.
We The Queers is an alt drag and cabaret platform curated by the Bordello Collective, with recent editions of the show presented live and streamed for ARC. Live editions have also been staged at The Auxiliary and Disgraceland in Middlesbrough and during lockdown We The Queers have hosted seven social media livestream editions entitled ‘At Home With…’.
Bordello Collective are a Queer arts group based in Teesside. Masters of making work that responds to space, place and people, the collective’s artists each work across a range of diverse mediums. Platforming LGBT+ and Queer expression in the North their work is cross media, performative, interactive and immersive. They produce work through collaborative processes curating and presenting it in a range of unlikely places and spaces for a wide spectrum of people.
This performance will be BSL interpreted.
The exciting acts that will be appearing in this edition of We The Queers are:
Bobbie Twaddle is a young drag artist on the rise, a keen physical performer who takes pride in making work that is rooted in a deep sense of equally ironic and absurd themes.
Once described as “what would happen if you crossed RuPaul’s Drag Race and an episode of Black Mirror” the only thing you can expect with Bobbie, is the unexpected… and a wig… probably.
Lorraine has a secret, an embarrassing obsession. And she is ready to out herself to you.
Join Lorraine, and her reluctant sidekick, as she crashes back into her childhood obsession with Toni Basil and traverses shameful and comedic memories.
Lorraine Smith Arts focuses on the creation of live performance that offers audiences a shared experience that sparks emotional responses and/or challenges perceptions.
CONTENT WARNING: Lorraine Smith’s performance contains graphic adult content including reference to sexual assault.
As always the Bordello Collective will be performing live at We The Queers! Consisting of the always fabulous but never logical PHATSY, the alt-drag oddity that is TIN FOIL and our glamorous, glittering host Venus.
We can’t wait to welcome Teesside’s very own Julie Easley to We The Queers!
Julie Easley is a tattoo addicted, feminist, poet, writer and artist from Saltburn, and event organiser/host for DiVerse, a monthly cabaret of ‘other voices.’ She is a widely travelled misfit, never quite belonging anywhere, and uses her working-class voice to shout out about stuff that bothers her. She writes about racism, gender equality, abuse and the white privileges she met on her travels. A proud member of Tees Women Poets, and a Deranged Poetess, Julie has performed nationally and internationally.
ARC Staff Pick: Holly Gallagher | Young People’s Programme Coordinator
“I recommend We the Queers because I think they’re a really fab bunch of artists, and I very much enjoyed the last one I got to see streamed.”
Please note: If you book for the livestream option, access to the performance will be via our dedicated online streaming service. Click here to log in with your usual ARC account details (if you’ve forgotten your log in details, the email address will be the one that normally receives emails from us, and your password can easily be reset from the log in page).