NOVEMBER 2021 – JULY 2022

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

Scarborough Stories is for anyone who has a story they want to tell, for anyone who is angry or passionate about an issue or challenge in their life or their community. The project provides an opportunity for participants to spend some time creatively exploring their own stories and ideas – supported by our lovely team.

Open to everyone aged 16+, and with no experience needed, join us for a series of inclusive, inspiring workshops led by incredible artists. In July 2022, for those who want to, we will go on to create a site-specific performance in the highstreet, showcasing our Scarborough Stories.

Get involved as a community group, business, school or organisation

This winter 2021, the ARCADE team will come to your place of work to run an hour-long  ‘Ideas Exchange’ workshop for you and your staff, exploring how you and the communities you serve can get involved in the project. We are visiting; Andy’s Man Club, The Wave Project, the Sidewalk Youth Project, Westway Open Arms Church Eastfield, St Cecilia’s Care Group and the Gallows Close Community Centre.  If you would like to book your free session, please email 

Get involved as an individual

In spring 2022, come along to a taster workshop by booking your free place in advance, see booking links below. This is your chance to start exploring your own story in a relaxed and supportive environment, including free tea & cake. You can come to as many of the workshops as you like, but booking is essential as places are limited.

Ideas Exchange Workshop

Led by Evie Manning of Common Wealth Theatre

Saturday 29th January, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Scarborough Library

This workshop is for everyone including community members, artists and creatives and staff from community organisations. If you are intrigued about Scarborough Stories and think you might like to get involved, this is a chance to find out more.

For more info and to book CLICK HERE

​Explore your story through creative writing

Led by Shan Barker of ARCADE & Allie Watt of Beach Hut Theatre Company

Saturday 5th February, 10.30am – 1.30pm

Scarborough Library In this creative writing workshop, you will explore your own personal stories through various exercises such as using a memory; focusing on an object or responding to a sense of place regarding Scarborough itself.

For more info and to book CLICK HERE

Explore your story through music 

Led by Rebecca Denniff of Flash Company Arts

Saturday 12th February,  10.30am – 1.30pm

Scarborough Library

Using our shared stories, experiences and conversations as a starting point, we will create songs and soundscapes that weave them together and bring them to life. Instruments will be available for use, and we will create field recordings to capture our results.

For more info and to book CLICK HERE

Explore your story through textiles & poetry

Led by Jayne Shipley

Saturday 25th February, 10.30am – 1.30pm

Eastfield, venue to be confirmed

A tell-tale has another meaning, it is also – a piece of yarn or fabric attached to a sail, and used as a guide for sailing. In this workshop, you will collect words and phrases from poems, stories and texts about our seaside town to create a new poem or tale.

For more info and to book CLICK HERE 

Explore your story through song-writing

Led by Ben Slack of the Swan Song Project

Saturday 12th March, 10.30am – 1.30pm

Scarborough Library

Ben has developed a range of approaches to help anyone become a songwriter and create a deeply meaningful and unique song. In this workshop he will share some of these approaches and leave you feeling confident that you can write a song with anyone.

For more info and to book CLICK HERE

Explore your story through photography

Led by Matt Cooper of MSC1Photography

Saturday 26th March, 10.30am – 1.30pm

Eastfield location to be confirmed.

A fun session learning how to tell stories through photography. It doesn’t matter what camera you have or if you’ve done photography before. You’ll have chance to take some photos and put what you’ve learned into practice.

For more info and to book CLICK HERE

Get involved from home

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 c/o Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW.

Making the show

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 for three performances on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and  Saturday 9th July 2022. Tickets will go on sale in 2022, join our mailing list to be the first to find out when.