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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
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.
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
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.