Alice in Wonderland
Following their production of Animal Farm on a real-life farmyard in 2014, James Kenworth and James Charlton bring a brand new, contemporary urban adaptation of much-loved fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland to the Terence Brown Arc in the Park. Reconfigured especially for the site the show explores the Newham's rich heritage and shows off the talent of its young people.
This is Alice in Wonderland as you’ve never seen before. All the favourite characters are still there, but in new, modern guises. A cockney rabbit, a rave-mad Mad Hatter, a hookah-smoking ex-Bollywood actor, Tweedledee and Tweedledum as hipsters, and a would-be grime artist called MC Turtle. From Cockney to Bangra, from the Krays to Stormzy, Alice in Canning Town is a celebration of not only one of the best loved fantasies of all time, but a kaleidoscopic and action-packed journey through an East End that survived Hitler’s blitz and reinvented itself as a leading light in multicultural Britain.
Shows will be running from Monday 12th August through to Sunday 18th August.
Mon to Sat 7:30pm, Matinees Fri to Sun 3pm
Everyone is welcome to attend our Pay What You Can Performances. 1p, 50p, £1, £5, £10; whatever you can afford and all proceeds go to support Arc in the Park.
Visit www.alicecanningtown.com for reservations and further information.
Young Londoners Fund
We’re delighted to be among the first recipients of funding from the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund! The Fund was created to help give young people the support they need to build a better future and avoid getting caught up in crime and provides £30m for projects in local communities across London.
Our project “Breaking Out” will be launching early in the New Year and will provide positive activities and opportunities for young people living close to the Terence Brown Arc in the Park. Funding will support the delivery of our youth clubs and a whole range of activities to support the progression of over 200 local, at-risk young people, including sports and games, outdoor activities and pursuits, workshops on personal health and development, music, drama and dance.
To find out more about the project, please contact AAA’s Chief Executive Jonny Boux.
Work for AAA!
We are currently seeking a Youth Coordinator, a Sessional Youth Worker and Sessional Support Workers. Find out more here!
AAA Time Capsule
Thank you Marieta and Gareth Evans for the fabulous video of our time capsule that you made for Newham Heritage Week. Watch the video here.
Turner Townsend volunteers help out the Arc
Grand opening of the Glyn Hopkin Abbey Hub!
We had a fantastic day as the Glyn Hopkin Abbey Hub opened it's doors and welcomed friends and neighbours. The children enjoyed the Ribbon Cutting with Glyn Hopkin as well as the barbecue and, of course, the cake!
We are so excited about this new venture and you can find out more about what we do at the Hub here.
We've joined up with Give as you Live and Charitable Bookings!
We've teamed up with Give as you Live and Charitable Bookings - two great ways to raise funds while shopping, planning a holiday or booking a restaurant.
Where are you planning on going this year? A cruise? A UK staycation or a luxury getaway? Take a look at the offers online via our Give as you Live summer travel link and you'll raise HUGE donations for us at no cost to you.
And why not buy your shopping online via Give as you Live - every purchase you make can raise FREE funds for us! You can sign up here and we also have more information about Give as you Live here.
And With Charitable Bookings you can book a restaurant and have £1.00 wing its way to us at no cost to you. Win, win!
The Red Box Project
Our youth team with our Red Box from the Red Box Project, which houses womens sanitary products for those who are unable to afford to purchase such items themselves. We now have a box at our Arc hub for our young women to benefit from. You can find out more details at redboxproject.org/.
July 28th Community day - Lots of happy faces!
Photos by Melissa Pag
Dates for our Disco and Family Day
Join us at The Arc for our Friday Night Disco from 7 - 9pm on the 22nd of June and our Family Day on Sunday 24th June, noon to 3pm. Both events cater for children and young people with learning difficulties/ disabilities.
Brick Lane Music Hall
London City Airport Visit
A group of our young people enjoyed a trip to their local city airport. They had the opportunity to look around the airport, meet and chat with one of the pilots and watch the planes take off.
A great day had by all. It's things like this that really make a difference and we're so proud to be able to offer these opportunities.
We have loads of Easter activities at the Arc
We're so egg-cited to receive more Easter Egg donations
Walk for Peace donating to AAA
Easter eggs arrive at the Arc in spite of the snow!
The 'Beast from the East' descends on Arc in the Park
Our new video tells the AAA story
Visit to the Peacock Theatre to see The Wizard of Oz
What a great start to the New Near - AAA took 90 children and parents to the Peacock Theatre on 27th January to see the Wizard of Oz. A great time was had by all, and you can see more clips in our gallery.
Gemma Hall, Aged 12, is our Youth Programme Christmas Card Competition winner
Youth Programme Christmas Card Competition Runners Up
There's still time to order your tree!
The deadline for tree orders is Monday 11 December for 5, 6 and 8 foot trees.
Here’s what others have said:
“Thanks Kevin the trees look and smell gorgeous”
NP, School Business Manager
“Its a beautiful tree”
LW, School Business Manager
“The trees are really brilliant this year - many thanks”
JF, Tate and Lyle Sugars
“Just to let you know that we have received our trees and we will definitely be in touch again next year”
H, Primary School
“Thank you for delivering the tree this afternoon. It is a really nice one. I really like the shape and quality”
Vicar, St Erkenwalds
This is a great opportunity to get a beautiful tree and support Ambition, Aspire, Achieve at the same time. Contact Kevin Jenkins for ordering information.
A thank you
Ricky Grover, AAA's newest patron, visits the Terence Brown Arc
Grab your tickets for a night of comedy with Ricky Grover!
Tickets are now on sale for our fundraising comedy night on 22nd October at the Backyard Bar & Kitchen in Bethnal Green. This promises to be a fabulous evening with guests including Jo Brand, Seann Walsh, David Ward and Alan Carr.
Updated details for the Cycling Club and the Arc Saturday Club
Tickets now on sale for the D'Ukes Benefit Concert
Newham Cyclists lend a helping hand at Terence Brown Arc in the Park
Kindhearted tenpin bowlers struck out for Ambition, Aspire, Achieve
The Sunday Trios League and their friends and family held the fundraising event at Rollerbowl at the City Pavilion in Collier Row, Romford, to raise money for AAA, beating their previous record of £500 by raising £650! League secretary Colin Grainger said: "I'd like to thank all the bowlers and City Pavilion for their efforts, it was a lovely evening."
Prince Harry in Central Park 28 July 2017!
London 100 Ride
A big Thank You to everyone who donated and to our riders! Pictured here are four of our 5 cycle riders kitted out for the Prudential London 100 ride on 30 July. They raised much needed funds for us and you can donate on our JustGiving page.
Walk for Peace 2017
Second Annual Benefit Night at the Brick Lane Music Hall
Help us raise much needed funds
There are so many ways to contribute, from sponsoring an event to helping to provide one of the many enriching experiences we offer. Have a look at our Spring into Action shopping list and Spring Sponsorship opportunities below and get in touch with us to make a contribution. You can also find out about other ways to get involved here.
Easter Egg Appeal and Bike Run
We were delighted to welcome the bike run participants who supported us in aid of the Easter Egg appeal. The run raised over 350 eggs and £151 in donations and the raffle (which we will convert into eggs) - a really tremendous effort!! Everyone's efforts will make a direct and real difference for our areas most vulnerable, at risk and disadvantaged children this Easter.
Prudential RideLondon 2017
We are really looking forward to once again taking part in the Prudential RideLondon event this coming July. If you would like to get involved to ride for AAA please contact Kevin Jenkins via email or phone 020 7511 4253.
Save the Date!
We are delighted to announce the date for our 2nd Annual Fundraiser to be held at the wonderful Brick Lane Music Hall on Saturday 6th May 2017!
Tickets can be purchased by getting in touch with Kevin Jenkins OBE via telephone (07860 487 727) or email. This year promises to be a fantastic night of fun, laughter, food and song. The theme is 'Best of British' and the Master of Ceremonies is the illustrious Vincent Hayes MBE.
Tickets are £49.95 pp and tables from 2 to 12 can be reserved. Pre-booking is essential and early booking advisable. Doors will open at 6.30pm with dinner at 7.30pm and carriages at midnight. So come and enjoy a three course meal with tea/coffee, a bang up show and a raffle and auction to raise much needed funds for Ambition, Aspire, Achieve! There will also be a paid bar available through the evening.
It's great to be beside the Southend Seaside
The Adventure Island Amusement Park and Sea Life Adventure events, organised by AAA and East Community Transport were a huge success and a good time was had by all. You can read more here.
We had a lot going on at Ark in the Park over the summer!
Bowled over by the Sunday Trios generosity
A huge thanks to the Sunday Trios Bowling League, who generated more than £500 for us at their Ten Pin Bowling Fundraiser Night on 17th July! Read the full story here.
Four cyclists rode for us in the London 100 Ride on Sunday 31st July 2016 to raise funds for the Big Day Out, our first summer project jointly organised by the East London charity East Community Transport and AAA. To support this wonderful cause please donate here.