MAKING BRILLIANT THINGS HAPPEN, TOGETHER

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About us

ARCADE is a charitable community producing company based in Scarborough, led by Rach Drew and Sophie Drury-Bradey. We think everyone is creative and we believe culture belongs to everyone.

Our mission is to 

 

  • make incredible cultural experiences happen with artists and communities

  • support our community to develop creativity and ideas

  • collaborate to make community-led change happen using the arts

 

We do this through creative projects, workshops, shows, festivals and events. Quite often these are in Scarborough or Bridlington, but we also work across the UK and with national partners.  Hear more about the ARCADE story so far from Rach and Sophie on our blog.

Our Values

  • Access: what we do and the way we do it is inclusive and accessible

  • Transparency: operating with a fair and transparent process

  • Creativity: putting artists at the heart of what we do

  • Community-led:  people, their ideas, passions and campaigns

  • Diversity: we value different lived experiences

Help us test our mission and make it better. You can do this by  joining in with one of our upcoming projects, or by getting in touch for a chat. If you have something you want to make happen we’d love to hear from you.

Team

Rach Drew

Co-Director

 

 

I trained as a Theatre Director, but have had a varied career across culture, from founding my own youth theatre and working as a festival Manager and Exec Director, to collaborating with communities in museums and creating exhibitions with both locally and internationally renowned artists.

I have fundraised over 1 million pounds for arts projects across my career, in addition to leading teams and managing complex, city wide events and festivals.

 

My work has included national partners and large venues, such as BBC R&D, English Heritage, York Minster and the Science Museum Group. Work with artists includes; Jonny White (All in the Same Boat), Patrick Coyle (High Enterprise), David Ogle & Heinrich and Palmer (Illuminating York), to name a few.

I grew up in Bridlington and live in Scarborough. I believe passionately that I should not have to move to London to have a creative career. I want to support and make space for female voices and champion northern places, stories and accents.


 

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Jim Taylor

Assistant Producer

 

 

After moving to Scarborough in the early 00's to study Music Technology, I've been heavily involved with performance and events across the borough. This has led me into developing other artist's careers and to starting Headland Festival - a celebration of the art, food, drink and relationships that we create here on the Yorkshire Coast. 

 

Experiencing events and performances as an attendee, performer, technician and producer has given me an understanding of what it takes to create a project. I enjoy problem solving and overcoming barriers and challenges. 

 

My interests are in digital media production, the evolving nature of festival culture and public participation. I'm looking forward to developing deeper connections with local artists and forming broader networks across the sector in order to create opportunity and work where we live.    

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Ysabelle Wombwell

Inclusion Associate 

I am a musician, music producer and facilitator who has been working in Hull within the arts and in youth work for the last 12 years. I am also a child of Deaf parents, a British Sign Language user and single mother of Jamaican and British Heritage.

I currently work as a Voice and Influence worker for Hull City Council and lead on a women’s studio placement project at Young Thugs Studio York. Previous clients and employers include, Deafinitely theatre London, Scarborough Musuems trust, Freedom Festival and The Warren youth Project in Hull.

I am one of the founders of the Black Heritage Collective, a representative body and consultative partner for people of Black Heritage in Hull and one of the founders of Make Noise, an organisation working to improve safety and visibility of marginalised genders in Hull’s music industry.

Sophie Drury-Bradey

Co-Director

 

 

 

​I have 15-years experience working in theatre as a producer and have a passion and expertise for bringing artists and communities together to make performance.

​Previously, I was Senior Producer at Battersea Arts Centre for 8 years and I have extensive experience in producing, programming, participation and project management. I have a strong track record for supporting talent development and the realisation of new ambitious projects, including the award-winning show ‘Brand New Ancients’ by Kate Tempest and ‘Broadcast from Biscuitland’ by Touretteshero for live TV broadcast on the BBC4.

 

I am committed to working inclusively inspired by my work over the last few years with Touretteshero, one of the UK’s leading disabled-led companies.

After 15 years in London, I now live in Scarborough with my family. When I am not working for ARCADE, I can be found on the beach playing diggers with my three year old son Wallace.

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Shannon Barker

Trainee Producer

 

I was born and raised in Scarborough and I take pride in being a northern girl. I went to the University of Leeds to study Theatre and Performance, and my background lies heavily in stage performance, as well as singing and song writing.  

 

During my last show at Uni, I worked backstage and fell in love with the production side of creating a show. Since moving back home, I've been given opportunities to develop my writing skills and encourage my voice as a practitioner. I'm very passionate about mental health, well-being and female voices.  

 

As I'm just at the start of my career as a producer, I'm excited to be a part of future community collaborations and seeing the impact they have locally. 

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Kelsie Acton

Access Associate

Kelsie Acton is a neurodivergent access consultant, researcher and choreographer. She is currently the Inclusive Practice Manager at Battersea Arts Centre, the world's first Relaxed Venue.

 

Her PhD research into the accessibility of timing in disability dance rehearsal was funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and she recently completed a residency at Siobhan Davies Dance Centre (UK). She is a member of the Critical Design Lab, a multi-national, multi-institutional collective focused on access, disability and design.

 

As an access consultant she has worked with the Edmonton International Fringe Festival (Canada), the Citadel Theatre (Canada), Canada Dance Assembly, Caisson and Friends (UK), Hot Coals Productions (UK), and Freelancers Make Theatre Work (UK). 

Aidan Hardy

Digital Communications Assistant

I am Bridlington-born creative with a passion for engaging and exciting performances. Theatre has always been at the heart of what I do. Ever since pestering my mum and dad to find a me a theatre group at the age of 9, I’ve always found my way into some sort of creative project or another! 

Moving down to the University of Kent at 18 to study a BA in Drama & Theatre (and later a Masters in Theatre Making); I discovered the complex world of Performance Art and found myself hooked. I went on to focus on and create autobiographical performances – staging the odd exhibition and immersive performance centred around global and local issues. This desire to connect with audiences paired with my interest in New Media Performance in a very roundabout way led to me finding myself working in social media. 

Since my move back up north in August 2020, I’ve been lucky to work with local festivals, art galleries, theatres and, ARCADE to help promote the arts online within North and East Yorkshire. When I’m not glued to my laptop, I can be found scrolling endlessly through Netflix or trying out a new recipe (and making a complete mess of the kitchen in the process).
 

Thank you to our funders, partners & collaborators.

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Directors

Lara Taylor (Chair)

Engagement Producer for the National Theatre’s Public Acts Programme

Mel Bonney-Kane

CEO Coast & Vale Community Action

Tom Stephenson

External Funding Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

Karen Palmer

Head of Marketing and Distribution, National Theatre Live

Sounding Board

Heather Niven

Artist / Musician / Previously Head of Science City York

Lisa Power

Head of Education and Participation, York Minster

Jayne Shipley

Functional Skills Tutor and Job Coach, Blueberry Academy / Writer and Poet

Lee Taylor

Library Manager - Development, North Yorkshire Library Services

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Ysabelle Wombwell

Project worker and Access and Inclusivity Lead – Can Do Project, The Warren Youth Project, Hull / Member of Black and Dual Heritage Committee, Hull 

Funders and Partners
Kit Theatre
North Yorkshie County Council
Arts Council Lottery Funded
Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough
Children's University Scarborough and North Yorkshire

We are proud members of

We are an Associate Company of the Stephen Joseph Theatre

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Thank you to our funders, partners & collaborators. Click on the logos below to find out more about them.