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How many times and in how many ways does a boy have to die in a safety simulator before learning it’s a bad idea to run after your dog into a building site? Falling through a ceiling, being buried under a pile of bricks and bulldozed by a large tractor are just a few of the horrific scenarios in Building Sites Bite, one of those gloriously terrifying British Public Information Films aimed at children of the 1970s.

It is this mood, the deliciously eerie, dark and twisty pop culture of the 70s and 80s, that Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence deal with in their hit book Scarred for Life, now a stage show coming to Stockton’s ARC on Friday 6th March.

Hosted by Teesside writer and BBC broadcaster Bob Fischer, Scarred For Life is a jolly, horrific wander through the collective fear of an entire generation. The evening, which aptly and wonderfully includes a SLIDESHOW (ask your parents, kids) celebrates the scary media from this unique era.

For anyone who grew up watching the likes of Dr Who, Worzel Gummidge, Jaws and Scum, and are still haunted by the looming omen of nuclear annihilation, it promises to be a night of nostalgia, fun…and a Q&A. As Bob likes to think of it, it’s a “support group for grown-up terrified children.”

Scarred For Life is at ARC, Stockton on Friday 6th March

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