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The social care system has seen better days… Underfunded, understaffed and in serious need of reform. This is generally seen as a political issue but the arts, as it has done in the past, can play a part in reimagining problems and creating discussion and debate around this matter. 

Between Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October The Home, an experimental residential show by celebrated artist Christopher Green (who has a long-established practice of blurring the lines between theatre and audience), in association with ARC Stockton and hosted by Hampton by Hilton hotel comes to Stockton. Guests are invited to spend 48 hours in a fictional residential care home as part of this large-scale experimental and immersive show. There, they are given the opportunity to discover the problems and pleasures of being cared for in a communal setting and explore the care home as a place of reinvention and possibility. The performance is customised to the individual and they will have their own room, meal plan, treatment regime, entertainment and wellbeing programme, plus dedicated key-workers who provide care.

As well as the residential experience, there are a number of Visitors’ Passes available for events that are part of the show. These include The Talent Show on Saturday 5th October at 2pm where residents and guests show off their talents to win prizes, The Bingo Party at 7.30pm on Saturday where attendees can share in prizes, drinks and good times with a group of great people. Sunday 6th October sees a Non-Denominational Worship and Mindfulness Session at 10.30am and The Home Open Afternoon and Cupcake Day at 2.30pm. Tickets for all Visitors’ Passes can be reserved at ARC and are priced on a Pay What You Decide basis

Tickets for the durational experience of 48 hours in The Home cost £100 (single room) or £140 (shared twin room – apply as a pair) and will be allocated via a lottery system. To enter, call 01642 525199 or email by 5pm on Thu 5th September. Over 18s only.

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