What's happening this week at ARC
Say yes to a festive pre-show dinner at No 60
It’s our favourite time of year and to celebrate, our menu is getting a festive makeover! Whether you fancy a seasonal light bite or want to go all out with a two or three course meal, we’ve made sure you’re well catered for. We'll be serving-up festive takes on our most popular dishes alongside some of the team's traditional favourites.
2 courses: Starter or Dessert, Main and a glass of fizz - £13
3 course: Starter, Main, Dessert and a glass of fizz - £16
Our Christmas show The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin is off to a great start and will be continuing this week, plus SRC's production of Annie will begin!
ARC favourite Matt Reed will be back at the most brutal comedy night in Stockton this week at the Beat the Gong Christmas Special, and you can still get your hands on the last few tickets. Plus if you're looking for another great night out we'll be welcoming Bootleg Blondie back to our stage.
For Christmas crafters there's the Try It at ARC: Glass Christmas Tree Decorations and Needle Felt Hare on a Chair.
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Ten Feet Tall presents
Beat The Gong Christmas Special! With MC Matt Reed
Just beat it! It's the festive special of the most brutal comedy night on Teesside. It's Christmas and while traditionally, it's a time for peace, love and goodwill to all - leave that sentiment at the door as you let the comedians know how you really feel.
Let the comedy chaos commence as twelve hot, hilarious, new acts try to beat the dreaded gong and win over the ARC audience!
This jaw-dropping spectacle, is crammed with brilliantly off-the-cuff, unpredictable stand-up & audience-led savagery. All will be just-about-held-together by Gong Master & Catch 22 stalwart Matt Reed.
Special guest Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners has seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses. With a likeable manner on stage belying some of the stronger content, Nelson often has audiences laughing at things they know they really shouldn’t be laughing at.
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Try It at ARC - Glass Christmas Tree Decoration
Relax and create some fun and unique glass decorations this Christmas.
Explore a range of exciting techniques used in fused glass design. No experience is needed as Judith; a professional glass designer will guide you through the fascinating and fun process.
All the tools and glass are provided. Your work will be fired after the class and returned to the venue for you to collect
Needle Felt Hare On A Chair
In this workshop, you’ll be guided through the process of making your very own hare on a chair whilst learning and honing the techniques of needle felting with our felting tutor Carol.
In the past five years, needle felting has set Instagram, Pinterest and Etsy a blaze with the variety, scope and scale of what can be produced using needle felting.
This workshop is aimed at beginners, intermediates or experts and it’s roaring good fun! It includes all materials, including a kit for you to create the rest of your new hare at home!
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DJW Talent presents
DJW Actors Showcase
DJW Students will perform monologues and duologues in front of an audience of industry professionals such as casting directors, producers, directors, friends, and family.
The Showcase provides students with the opportunity to write, rehearse, and perform their own work and teaches essential skills for theatre training whilst building confidence in live performance.
1pm: Youth Performance
7pm: Adults performance*
*Please note that the 7pm performance contains adult language and themes and may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Age: 7pm performance 16+
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Venues All present
Bootleg Blondie is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band and the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGBs in New York City before its demise in 2006. CBGB was the Holy Grail of American Punk and New Wave, where the real Blondie first kicked off their career.
Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie bombshell. Like her heroine she is typically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thigh length boots and t-shirts with more holes than t-shirt!
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Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company, ARC and The Albany present
The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin
This is the story of an extraordinary explorer, a curious conjurer and pioneering problem-solver. You’ll find him pottering in his shed; planning his latest mission. He is learning to speak Penguin and hopes that you will too!
When he arrives at the Antarctic will its icy wilderness meet his excited expectations? Will the penguins’ reception be frosty, or will the colony welcome him with open wings?!
With a playful energy and a mix of puppetry, music and song, this show will be a delightful celebration of wild creativity and the joy of individuality.
Waddle on down and join the expedition!
Price: £10 / Groups of 6 or more: £8 per person
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Stockton Riverside College present
Following the outstanding success of previous Christmas shows Miracle on 34th Street and Oliver the UAL Musical Theatre students from Stockton Riverside College present the smash hit production of Annie.
With a Tony award winning book and score, the musical tells the story of little orphan girl Annie. With songs like Tomorrow and It’s A Hard Knock Life this is definitely a highlight of the Christmas calendar! The show contains the usual professional direction; magical effects; spectacular sets and costumes; lively and energetic dance numbers coupled with dynamic exuberant performances from the theatrical stars of tomorrow.
Price: £14 / £12 concession
Cinema prices: £8 or 3 films
/ ARC YP: £4
Screen (Wed 2pm & Thu 2pm): £4
screenings are indicated with an (s)
screenings are indicated with an (R)
available with audio description are indicated with (AD)
descriptive subtitles are indicated with (DS)
Fri 6 Dec 5pm (DS)
Sat 7 Dec 2pm
Wed 11 Dec 2pm (DS)
Thur 12 Dec 7.30pm (DS)
Set in 1862, The Aeronauts follows a wealthy young widow Amelia and headstrong scientist James, as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As they ascend on their perilous journey the pair reveal their true selves and discover their place in the world that they are drifting away from.
Fri 6 Dec 8pm
Sat 7 Dec 5.15pm ((DS)
Wed 11 Dec 7.30pm
Thur 12 Dec 2pm (DS)
A riveting thriller based on actual events. Daniel is tasked by his boss, Senator Dianne Feinstein to lead an investigation of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. His relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation's top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.
An epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.
When a teenager encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, name him ‘Everest’ and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.
Sat 7 Dec 8pm
Tues 10 Dec 7.30pm (DS)
Based on the true story of American car designer Caroll Shelby and the fearless British driver Ken Miles. Together they battled corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a cutting edge race car for Ford to challenge the dominating race cars of Ferrari at the formidable 24 hours Le Mans in 1966.
Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet. Filmed as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, he blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision of the future.
Catch 22 Christmas Special with MC Danny McLoughlin, Raymond and Mr Timpkins, Daliso Chaponda & Omar Abid
Club Groovy: Christmas Sparklefest
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