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Call out: Artists/Facilitators with lived experience of addiction

About Outside Edge Theatre Company

Outside Edge Theatre Company is the UK’s only theatre company and participatory arts charity with a focus on addiction. 

Founded in 1999 by Phil Fox, who was an actor and recovering heroin addict, the work of the company builds from Phil’s lived experience of theatre leading from addiction to recovery. The company continues to work from the premise that creative engagement and exploring complex issues through drama can bring about positive change in the lives of people affected by addiction and the wider community as a whole.

Working with creatives, performers and facilitators who have lived experience of addiction and recovery is central to our charitable goals and supports us to offer the best programme of activities for our service users.

About the participatory arts programme

We use theatre and performing arts to give people affected by addiction a voice – enabling them to reach and recognise their potential, find an identity and build life skills and confidence in order to support recovery.

Our activities are free for any service user who is practicing harm reduction or in recovery from any form of addiction, plus their family, carers and champions. 

We run weekly, peer-led drop-in groups for new participants, including drama, creative writing, a women’s group and dance. For participants interested in groups requiring more commitment and discipline, we also offer intermediate acting and scriptwriting, masterclasses and advanced acting.


We are looking to expand our pool of freelance workshop facilitators that work across our participatory arts programme in London. We are looking to meet artists and/or facilitators that identify as being affected by addiction, including but not limited to people in recovery from addiction and those who have been affected by a loved one’s addiction.

Person Specification 

  • An arts practitioner with a proven track record of delivering drama, writing and/or performing arts workshops with community participants. 
  • Lived experience and understanding of addiction and the recovery field.
  • Proactive, dynamic, flexible approach. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • First rate teamwork skills and ability to collaborate. 
  • Highly organised and punctual. 
  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience. 
  • All Facilitators will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check. 

Workshop Facilitator Role

  • Plan and deliver 2-hour long participatory art workshops based on the discipline of the group (e.g. Creative Writing, Drama or Movement). 
  • Plan creative activities, to support the participants to improve their wellbeing, support their recovery and increase skills. 
  • Maintain Company safeguarding standards and ensure clear boundaries are maintained between the facilitation team and the participants.
  • Be available throughout the session for safeguarding purposes and to model activities with the Lead Facilitator.
  • Ensure that every participant fills out the appropriate evaluation forms when requested by OETC.
  • Write workshop report and email it to the Projects Manager no later than 48 hours after the workshop, detailing progress of the sessions.
  • Work with Projects Manager to plan sharings of work, where appropriate. 

Pay Rates 

Lead Facilitators – £30 p/h 

Support Facilitators – £20 p/h

Expression of interest
If you are interested in joining our facilitation team, please email with your CV and a short statement (no more than 500 words) about why you would like to be considered. Please also complete our Equal Opportunity form here.

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