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About us

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. 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




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.


Sophie Drury-Bradey





​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.

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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

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

Aidan Hardy

Digital Communications Assistant

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.