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Outside Edge Theatre Company’s Vision

To change the lives of people affected by addiction through theatre and drama. 

Outside Edge Theatre Company is the UK’s only theatre company and participatory arts charity focused on improving the lives of people affected by addiction. For the past twenty years OETC has produced theatre productions about issues related to addiction and provided free drama workshops to help people make healthier choices and support their recovery maintenance.

Founded in 1999 by Phil Fox, who was an actor and recovering heroin addict, OETC has produced over 50 award-winning theatre productions at venues such as Soho Theatre, Riverside Studios, Hoxton Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall and the VAULT Festival.

OETC’s free, peer-led drama activities work from an asset-based approach to reduce isolation, improve wellbeing and increase optimism, hope and enjoyment. These arts-based interventions promote the Five Ways to Wellbeing: be active, connect, take notice, keep learning and give. OETC facilitators and peer mentors, many of whom are ex-service users, work in depth to ensure participants build up their Recovery Capital. This person centred approach accounts for why 91% of current participants surveyed said OETC strengthened their recovery; 83% did not use substances in the past month; and 48% did not use substances in the past year.

Read about OETC’s recent work and impact in our 2018/19 Annual Report: Outside Edge Theatre Company 2018-19 Annual Report (final version – signed)

“At The Outside Edge Theatre Company, through drama and music, I have been able to recreate the extreme highs and lows of drug use in a healthy and constructive way, as well as being able to explore many issues. My confidence has grown, as has my self-esteem and this has spilled over into my day-to-day life. I am slowly developing belief in myself and my abilities. Today I can confidently say that The Outside Edge Theatre Company is a very well oiled and central part of my recovery machine.” – Mark, OETC Participant

“The work of Outside Edge changed my life as a man and a theatre artist. It proved to me that people can change and theatre can be a part of that.” – Mark Rylance, OETC Patron
“I have watched the Outside Edge Theatre develop over many years and have seen a good number of production and workshops. I have been repeatedly impressed by their invention and delivery.” – Jimmy Page, OETC Patron


Outside Edge Theatre Company 61 Philpot Street, London, E1 2JH. | Phone: 02073718020. E-mail:  | Company registration No. 03871591  |  Registered Charity No. 1080948.

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