Arc news: January 2009

Safe by Jim Dunk
Safe programme for schools

Arc's New Year kicks off with a bumper range of new projects

From the third in Arc's trilogy of Stereo plays, to construction site safety for young people, here's a preview of what's coming up for 2009:


Boy X by Clifford Oliver

The third in The Stereo Trilogy by Clifford Oliver, Boy X builds on the themes of Stereo and To Die For, exploring weapon-carrying, peer pressure and violent crime.

Four boys stand at a graveside. Boy X is dead. Another 16-year old murdered. The cycle of revenge begins again.

Boy X is performing at a series of venues around London before a two-week tour of Barnet secondary schools. Public performance dates include:

Tuesday 17 February - 4pm and 6:30pm at EC1 Music Project

Wednesday 25 February - 6:30pm at Arc's venue at The Malthouse Studios

To find out more or to join the guest list for a performance, contact Communications Manager Theresa Snooks. Please note, some guest lists may now be full - please contact us for the latest details.

Boy X by Clifford Oliver

Full Stereo Trilogy details to follow soon. In the meantime, find out more about Stereo and To Die For or contact Theresa Snooks for details of To Die For performances taking place now.

Camden PCT launches new NHS Teen LifeCheck website

To promote the new Teen LifeCheck website - a new online questionnaire resource developed to enable young people get health, welfare and emotional support, Camden PCT has commissioned Arc to produce a new secondary school performance piece.

Checkass by Clifford Oliver is a fast and funny Jackass-style piece touring Camden schools this month, directing young people to the new website. To take part in Teen LifeCheck visit

Exploring anti-social behaviour with Stephen K Patterson's Guide to a Perfect Life

Originally commissioned by Havering Community Safety Partnership, Stephen K Patterson's Guide to a Perfect Life will be touring secondary schools in South Bedfordshire with its interactive performance programme.

Using humour to engage young people in exploring the causes of Anti-Social Behaviour and its effects on the community, Stephen K Patterson is written by Clifford Oliver and directed by Andy Rogers.

Stephen K Patterson's Guide to a Perfect Life

Stephen K Patterson's Guide to a Perfect Life in action in schools. For more information contact General Manager Nita Bocking


Stop Press!

B&D Youth Theatre presents Stephen K Patterson's Guide to a Perfect Life

Before its professional tour of South Bedfordshire schools, Stephen K Patterson gets a special reworking by B&D Youth Theatre at The Malthouse Studios.

With performances at 8pm on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 February, contact Theresa Snooks to join the guest list.

To find out more, visit our Youth Theatre page.

Safe by Jim Dunk - construction site safety programme

Following highly successful tours to primary and secondary audiences in five London Boroughs last year, Arc is starting Phase Three of its interactive performance programme commissioned in preparation for London 2012. Touring primary schools in Herts and Essex this Spring, Safe warns young people of the dangers of playing in construction sites.

To read an online blog about the project, visit children-learn-about-staying-safe-near-building-sites. To find out more, read 'Safety & Health Practitioner' official magazine article.

For more information contact Arc's General Manager Nita Bocking.

Safe by Jim Dunk

Also coming soon... Tower Hamlets Street Theatre performances, Drama Club shows, and news of our new Community Play! Check back regularly for the latest information!


Newsflash... new Project Manager post now recruiting

Arc has just announced details of an exciting new position for a dynamic and creative Community Project Manager. For full details of the post including downloadable job description and application form, visit Community Project Manager today!

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