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ARCADE is a 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 in Scarborough and across the UK. Hear more about the ARCADE story so far from Rach and Sophie on our blog.
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.
I originally trained as a Theatre Director, but have had a varied career across culture, from founding my own youth theatre and working as a festival producer, to collaborating with communities in museums and creating exhibitions for local artists.
As Exec Director, I led a team of 15 and raised over 750k. I was responsible for the delivery of a complex, citywide, festival programme including 50+ events over 25 venues, which saw the festival hailed as the largest media arts festival in the UK.
I grew up in Bridlington and live in Scarborough. I love being by the sea. I am passionate about the arts, equality and enjoy a nice cup of Earl Grey.
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.
Thank you to our funders, partners & collaborators.
Click on the logos below to find out more about them.
Lara Taylor (Chair)
Engagement Producer for the National Theatre’s Public Acts Programme
CEO Coast & Vale Community Action
External Funding Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
Head of Marketing and Distribution, National Theatre Live
Artist / Musician / Previously Head of Science City York
Head of Education and Participation, York Minster
Functional Skills Tutor and Job Coach, Blueberry Academy / Writer and Poet
Library Manager - Development, North Yorkshire Library Services
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
Digital Communications Assistant