Welcome to Arc

Co-founded in 1984 by Clifford Oliver and Carole Pluckrose, Arc specialises in creating and performing theatre that challenges assumptions and causes real change in the way that people relate to one another at work, at school and in the community. As a pioneering organisation we were instrumental in bringing the issue of racism in football to the forefront of public awareness.

The organisations that we work with are those that seek to move forward and achieve a lasting difference, whether it be in the field of diversity, inclusion, education, health, criminal justice or community cohesion.

We are expert in a range of learning strategies including theatre, storytelling, drama workshops and interactive Forum Theatre. The success of our work is underpinned by first-class facilitation and meticulous research and preparation. Our facilitators, performers, storytellers and workshop leaders are trained to the highest standards and bring passion, energy and commitment to this work.


NOW BOOKING! Tackling FGM in the UK - funded by Rosa supported by Comic Relief, and DCLG
Arc and leading Anti-FGM Campaigner Leyla Hussein are joining forces to deliver Secondary and Primary school staff INSETS to help tackle FGM in the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering. Read February News to find out how to register for your place.

Stop and Think - commissioned by Barking & Dagenham Safer Neighbourhoods Board
A new intervention programme for young people exploring Stop and Search and the Criminal Justice System. See March News for full information and PDF flyer.

FEW REMAINING PLACES! Touching Moments - commissioned by British Transport Police for Project Guardian
A powerful new secondary school awareness programme tackling sexual offences and unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport. Visit December News to find out if your school can take part!

STOP PRESS - Awards achievements! Arc's Raised Voices group, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and LBBD MOPAC, is delighted to be receiving a Department of Health Special Recognition Award at the House of Commons on 3 March, and to be shortlisted for Community Group of the Year at the 2015 Barking & Dagenham Female Empowerment Awards! Watch our first Raised Voices video.

Arc is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England, Company no. 2800774
Registered address: 14 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HE
VAT No: 629 4953 01.  Arc is an ITC approved manager

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Youth, school and community programmes

Boy X - the first in Arc's Blade Trilogy for young people looking at gang culture and weapon crime

Boy X by Clifford Oliver Pact by Clifford Oliver Girl E by Clifford Oliver

Pact - the second in The Blade Trilogy, exploring 'snitching', gang loyalty and the law

Girl E - the third in the trilogy, looking at the role of young women in gang crime

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