Arc news: May 2009

Trading Stories

Latest community news and events

From gunpowder traitors to World Cup heroes and seventh century nuns to picketing mums... there's more to Barking and Dagenham than pie, mash and regeneration.
Isn't there?

Based on original stories and produced by the people of Barking and Dagenham, Arc is delighted to announce the Borough's new Community Play project Trading Stories.

Written by Clifford Oliver and directed by Andy Rogers, Arc is looking for local people to get involved in making a brand new play. We need actors, writers, but most importantly, we need the stories of the Borough.

So if you've got a story that you think should be heard, make sure that you are part of the Trading Stories team.

Interested? Then join us for our weekly workshops and rehearsal, which will culminate in performances across the Borough in August as part of the LIFT Molten Festival*.


Do you have a story to trade?

Trading Stories rehearsals are held every Monday from 7 to 9pm at Kingsley Hall, Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham RM9 5NB, with a free sandwich supper from 6:30 to 7pm!

To find out more, call Project Manager Josh Cass at Arc on 020 8594 1095 or email

Download pdf flyer and pass it around!

St George's Day Celebrations in Barking & Dagenham

More than 2100 people attended St George's Day celebrations across the Borough on Thursday 23 April.

Schoolchildren enjoyed building a green dragon, learning to play on hand-made drums and watching 'The Devils Horseman' medieval stunt team perform jousting and riding displays at Barking Abbey Green and Old Dagenham Park.

We were delighted to add to the fun with our own St George performing some modern-day poetry for the crowds.

St George at Barking Abbey Green, separating the history from the myth and finally conquering the dragon!


Arc Children's Holiday Workshops 2009

Arc is holding a two-day Drama course for young people aged 8 to 12 at The Malthouse this summer:

Tuesday 4 to Wednesday 5 August from 10am to 4pm

The two-day course is £23 (including VAT) per child. To reserve your place, please contact Theresa on 020 8594 1095 or email

For more information and online booking, visit Arc Holiday Workshops.


Also coming soon in Community News...

Barking & Dagenham Youth Theatre is currently rehearsing for its latest production - All Tuned In which will be performed at The Malthouse for two nights on 8 and 9 July. Full details to follow shortly!


Room hire at The Malthouse Studios, Barking

Don't forget, if you are a community, voluntary or charity group looking for a venue for meetings or one-off events, Arc has the space for you! Perhaps you are looking for a venue for a private celebration or party! Why not contact us for the latest rates and full venue details. Call Arc on 020 8594 1095 or email Nita Bocking, General Manager, at

Arc diary of events

5 October
Community groups for Thurrock Community Safety Partnership
School for Scammers & Friend or Faux interactive workshops

18 October
Local organisations at Dagenham Roundhouse for LBBD Community Engagement Team
Hate Crime Forum Theatre

21 October
First Draw in the Barking & Dagenham Good Causes Lottery!
Buy your ticket to support Arc Theatre!

23 October
Dacorum Borough Council, Hemel Hempstead
Community engagement workshops

Secondary schools for West Midlands Police/Partnership
Touching Moments sexual offences Forum Theatre

4 November
Cumberland School, Newham
Health & wellbeing Forum Theatre

7 November
International School of Toulouse, France
Creative Arts Day drama workshops

Secondary schools for Hammersmith & Fulham Community Investment Team
No More Whispers FGM-awareness Forum Theatre

Local primary schools for Arc's Barking & Dagenham Crowdfunder campaign
Broadcast Junior online safety Forum Theatre

Local secondary schools for B&D SNB/MOPAC
Stop & Think stop & search awareness workshops

Throughout '17
Primary & secondary school staff
Arc's Female Genital Mutilation INSETs with Leyla Hussein

Throughout '17
B&D young people for LBBD MOPAC & Jack Petchey
Raised Voices female leadership programme

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