I Love this show - its the last friday of every month and they do a couple of special gong shows each year - watch out for those in the arc brochure.
The setting up stairs is excellent you can either reserve seats for larger groups or just turn up on the night. You have a choice of sitting at a table or sitting in stadium seating up the side.
Only complaint I have is that the breaks between acts where you have time to go to the bar are too long - they are supposed to be 15 mins but are always at least 30 mins as the staff try and get people in from the bar area - you can bring your drinks into the show with you. By the end of the night people are getting a little rowdy as a lot of alcohol is consumed. But very good fun.
At first I hated this place because it involved the demolition of my two favourite places, the Dovecot arts centre and the Cannon Cinema. But it grew on me.
It is big and yellow and was shut down for a year or so because of mis-management. A bit of the wall revolves because of 'art.' The outside is spoilt by metal walkways to save on cleaning costs.
There is one big theatre, a smaller auditorium used for stand up gigs, a gym, a cinema and rehearsal rooms, as well as bars and restaurants. It is a little too big for the area but I think the guys have got their act together in terms of publicity so that people in the area who want to go know when stuff's on.
It really comes alive during Stockton festival, when all the weird european street performers use it as a base. If you're in the area this is the best place to go for a night out.
This is a comedy show which is on the last friday of every month. It is a great night out.
The show consists of a host for the night who comes on to warm the crowd up at the start of the show and then in between the various acts. The show uses 2 comedians who are regulars at the show and are sometimes well known, well established comedians. The carabet style venue is lovely with a small intmate feel to it. There is a bar where you can purchase drinks between the acts and before/ after the show. The drinks are pretty expensive but this is made up for by the very cheap prices for the tickets for the show it self.
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