Arc news: March 2011

Community Players in rehearsals


Brand new Community News - Youth Theatre spring performances and Community Play production this summer!

Introducing Before the Bombs We Were Strangers - Barking & Dagenham Youth Theatre's latest production, inspired by 'The War Plays' by Edward Bond

Performances Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 March 2011 at 7:30pm
at Arc's Studios, The Malthouse, Barking

Directed by Danielle McIlven, Barking & Dagenham Youth Theatre's new play imagines the events leading up to nuclear war and the subsequent survival of a group of young people. To their knowledge, they are the only survivors. Having witnessed the final moments of the world as they knew it; the death and destruction of all that they loved and hated, these strangers attempt to build a new, ideal community. But when another stranger arrives, the community is thrown into turmoil, forcing them to confront the past, their present, and what they want for a new future.

The group have adapted 'The War Plays' and devised their own interpretation of a growing military and nuclear regime, followed by complete destruction and the rebuilding of a better, healthier community. Whilst set in a fictional time and place, there are certainly murmurings of reality, and of the hopes that the group have for the future.

Entrance is free - email Theresa Snooks or call us on 020 8594 1095 stating your date preference and number of seats and we will put you on our guest list!


My Loose Head by Clifford Oliver, directed by Carole Pluckrose, performed by Arc Community Players

Dates and venues across the Borough to be announced shortly for this July's production, including a special performance at The Broadway Barking!

Bella Deller loves a fella - and not just any fella...

It's 1985 and Bella is madly in love with local rugby star Jason Leonard, destined to become the youngest player ever capped for his country.  However, she has two minor problems; firstly she has never met Jason and can only worship him from afar and secondly, everyone tells her he's too good for her.  In fact all her life Bella has been told she's not good enough - she can't sing, she's not pretty, she's not clever and so on.  So can Bella overcome her disadvantages and capture her man?  Well, probably not ... but following her story will enable us to examine our aspirations and the self limiting beliefs that can so often hold us back...


Arc Community Players is an inclusive, local and intergenerational performance company of people from many backgrounds and with wide ranging experience. The company meets weekly at Arc's Studios at The Malthouse in Abbey Road, Barking.  For more information email Josh Cass at Arc on 020 8594 1095 or visit our Community Play page.


Read our Spring Newsletter including news of Boy X, Pact and Girl E and our partnership with British transport Police.

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