A black and white image taken looking down Scarborough's High Street
A black and white image taken looking down Scarborough's High Street

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A black and white image of an older couple looking into the camera smiling

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A black and white image taken looking down Scarborough's High Street
A black and white image taken looking down Scarborough's High Street

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Photos: Matt Cooper, Stewart Baxter & Phoebe Donbavand

Scarborough Stories
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Co-Produced by ARCADE and The Stephen Joseph Theatre

NOVEMBER 2021 - JULY 2022

BE PART OF SCARBOROUGH STORIES

People of Scarborough: Come make a brand new show with us. 

Scarborough Stories is for anyone who has a story they want to tell. The project provides an opportunity for participants to spend some time creatively exploring their own stories and ideas - supported by our lovely team.

What is the show?
 

The finale of Scarborough Stories will reimagine the theatre experience by putting the local community at the forefront, turning the streets of Scarborough’s town centre into the stage from Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 July 2022. It will be a completely new way to enjoy performance, and will feature real stories from the community, told by the people who have lived them.

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Who can be involved?

ARCADE are looking for community members  aged 14+, who live or work in the Scarborough borough, and have a touch of curiosity. No theatre or writing experience is needed, only a willingness to work with new people and to try something different. The creative process will be led by a small team of professional artists, including singer, community musician and composer Rebecca Denniff. 

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How can you be part of it?

  

There are a number of ways you can help bring the inspiring show to life:

 

As Storytellers, where you will be supported to create and write your Scarborough story about something that matters to you. You can choose to share this with audiences during the show or can nominate someone else to share your story. Storytellers will need to attend workshops once a week during May and June, which will help shape the final work.

 

As part of the Finale Choir, where you will get the unique opportunity to co-write the finale show song with professional musicians, take part in rehearsals, and perform as part of an amazing community choir for the show finale. 

 

As an Audience Guide, where you will be trained by a professional stage manager to welcome audiences to the show, guiding them through their experience of Scarborough High Street.

 

If you missed our Community Cast Taster Workshop on Thursday 28th April but would like to be invoked please email sophie@hello-arcade.com 

We are looking for businesses on the high street as venues for the show please email jim@hello-arcade.com to find out more.

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What our participants say

Get involved from home

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If you can’t join us in real life, you can still take part by sharing your story of Scarborough via social media using the hashtag #scarboroughstories or post us your story to ARCADE, Unit 301, Woodend Creative Centre, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW. 

Alternatively, share your story with us by writing in the grey box below.

Access

Workshops: all workshop venues will be wheelchair accessible. We will ask participants to let us know if they have any access requirements when they sign up, which we will be glad to support. 

 

Performances: all performance venues will be wheelchair accessible. BSL interpretation and audio description during performances will be available. 

Partners

Scarborough Stories is co-produced by ARCADE & Stephen Joseph Theatre with support from CaVCA and funded by Yorkshire Coast Bid and Arts Council England. Scarborough Stories is a Yorkshire Coast BID project.

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The Story So Far

200 participants  so far

12 artists/local creatives involved 

50 workshops done or planned 

15 local venues 

Participants aged 14-88 

The show

The streets of Scarborough are filled with stories.  Memories of those who have gone before us, and promises of things yet to come. The finale of Scarborough Stories will be a unique celebration of our town’s people, imagination and the stories that matter. It will take place in unexpected, immersive and site-specific locations around the town centre - a completely new way to enjoy performance and storytelling.  Travel the streets, guided by the people who know them best, and experience a side of Scarborough that will only show itself for three special performances on 7th, 8th and 9th July 2022. 

 

Tickets will go on sale soon, join our mailing list to be the first to find out when.

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