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Photo credit: Stewart Baxter

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.


Rach Drew


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Jim Taylor

Assistant Producer


Ysabelle Wombwell

Inclusion Associate 

Aidan Hardy

Digital Communications Assistant

Sophie Drury-Bradey



Shannon Barker

Trainee Producer

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Kelsie Acton

Access Associate

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Jen Burdon

Producing Intern


Lara Taylor (Co-Chair)

Engagement Producer for the National Theatre’s Public Acts Programme

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Jo Crowley (Co-Chair)

Executive Producer, 1927

Mel Bonney-Kane

CEO Coast & Vale Community Action

Tom Stephenson

External Funding Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

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Nadia Emam

Director, Poet, Actor

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


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

Thank you to our funders, partners & collaborators.

Click on the logos below to find out more about them.

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


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