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Friday, 26 January 2018

Preview: Lighthouse at Stockton Arc


Final piece of disabled-led theatre commissioned by Cultural Shift premiers at Stockton ARC on Wednesday 14 March

Lighthouse
Stockton Arc
Wednesday 14th March 2018

Lighthouse is the third and final professional piece of disabled-led theatre commissioned by Cultural Shift, and written and directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott. Vici’s pioneering and critically acclaimed work aims to challenge perceptions of disabled people in contemporary British culture, and ask questions about the society we have become. More than holding up a mirror, her productions act as interventions.
Mona’s husband is missing, but their tenancy in the lighthouse and the home she fought for is at risk, so mother and daughter struggle to keep the lighthouse working, trying to cover up that he is gone.
Telling the story of a d/Deaf mother and daughter, Lighthouse explores the tensions and comforts within, and is performed by two d/Deaf actors in both BSL and English, with additional interpretation. 
A poignant piece exploring both the power and limits of love. How will the two d/Deaf women’s relationship survive being thrown between confinement and liberty?
Cultural Shift is ARC's strategic programme of activity, delivered in partnership with Little Cog, actively programming and delivering new and increased opportunities for disabled people in the arts. ARC is working to ensure our cultural landscape is vibrant and representative of the people living and working in our communities. 
The aims of Cultural Shift are:
• to challenge negative commonly held perceptions about disability and disabled people
• to involve disabled people in the arts at every level
ARC, through its artistic policy is committed to supporting work which is contemporary in its approach and relevant to peoples’ lives today.

Previous comments on Vici Wreford-Sinnott’s work:
'A challenging important play' - Northern Echo
'A gripping, thought provoking, superbly acted, emotionally engaging, full on 75 minutes' - Audience, ARC
'Inspiring, thought-provoking, mesmerising – we’ll be talking about it for weeks to come.' - Audience, ARC

Lighthouse is priced on a Pay What You Decide basis. ARC wants to encourage more people to come and see shows at ARC more often. Pay What You Decide not only allows visitors to pay what they 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 they are going to enjoy it or not. More information about this pioneering initiative can be found here.


Tickets can be booked here:       http://arconline.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-dance/lighthouse
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