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Holiday Newsletter 2018

Holiday Newsletter  

Thank you to everyone who helped make 2018 a great year for Outside Edge Theatre Company! Close to 200 participants in recovery engaged in OETC’s workshops this year and our work was seen by hundreds of audience members.

Our company members and AD/CEO Matt Steinberg at our November Brainstorming Session and Open House. Photo credit: Justin Thomas

In April our Company members performed Unfinished Business at Aesop Arts, and in July they performed devised work Six Lines at our home in Parsons Green. In September, our Write Now group presented their promenade performance Stockwell Rising in Wyck Gardens, Brixton. Our Edge Two workshop group performed at November’s Open House and Brainstorming Session along with dozens of other performances from OETC’s past and present participants in recovery.

Audience members gathered in Wyck Gardens, Brixton this past September to see the work of Write Now participants performed by OETC actors.

In June we also welcomed our new Artistic Director and CEO, Matt Steinberg, to the OETC family. In November, longtime OETC member Sonya Hale joined Christopher Holt as an Associate Theatre Facilitator. This autumn we also welcomed two new trustees, Pippa Campbell and Anu Maakan.

In September, OETC staff and participants were given the opportunity to see our patron Sir Mark Rylance perform in Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe.

In addition to our new staff members, OETC is hiring! We’re looking for a detailed and project-minded Administration and Projects Coordinator.

If you or someone you know is interested, check out our Job Description here. Application deadline is January 11 with interviews beginning January 14.

Holiday Closure Information

Our last workshop of 2018 is our Drop-in Drama Workshop on Thursday December 20 from 6-8 p.m. at 61 Munster Road, SW65RE.

OETC will be closed for the holidays from December 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019. We will reopen on Monday January 7 and workshops will resume as normal.

Our first workshops of 2019 will be on the following dates:

The Company – January 7, 6-8 pm

Edge Two – January 9, 6-8 pm

Write Now – January 10, 3-5 pm

Drop-in Drama – January 10, 6-8 pm

What’s Happening in 2019

Looking for a unique gift for your friends and family? Give the gift of recovery-based theatre! Our Company will be performing a devised piece, Check-in/Check-out, at the 2019 VAULT Festival from March 6-10. Tickets are £15 and can be purchased on the VAULT Festival website.


For our 20th anniversary, our goal is to raise £20,000 for Outside Edge. Help us start this holiday season! #OETC20

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Taster Sessions

In 2019 OETC will be delivering free Drama Taster Sessions at public treatment facilities around London. For more information about these one-hour long, peer-led sessions, or to find out how to book a session for your facility, contact or read more about the sessions on our website.

Holiday Events in London

While we’re closed, consider checking out some of these community and recovery-based holiday events in London:

Community Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Night – White City Community Engagement Team

Friday December 21, 18:00-22:00

Free Entry

Free mince pies, hot chocolate, and puzzles!


The Invention Rooms (Main Entrance)

68 Wood Lane, London, W12 7TA

Crisis Christmas Events

December 23-29

Free Entry

Free food, arts and crafts, games, music, benefits and legal advice, massage and physiotherapy, and much more!


North London Day Centre

Westminster Kingsway College

211 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8RA

West London Day Centre

Kensington Aldridge Academy

1 Silchester Road, London, W10 6EX

South London Day Centre

City of London Academy

Lynton Road, London, SE1 5LA

East London Day Centre

The City Academy

Homerton Row, London, E9 6EA

Christmas Dinner – Narcotics Anonymous

Tuesday December 25, 11:00-19:00

Free Entry, ride sharing available

Entertainment, community, raffles, and Christmas dinner.


Montgomery Hall

55 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SR

London Chelsea Intergroup Christmas Day Convention – Alcoholics Anonymous

Tuesday December 25, 9:00-21:30

Free Entry

Eight one-hour meetings at the following times: 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm, 6.30pm, 8pm. Free tea, coffee, and biscuits. All meetings open.


Hall of Remembrance

Flood Street, London, SW3 5SY

Christmas Day – Soho Recovery Centre

Tuesday December 25, 7:30-19:30

Free Entry

123 Charing Cross Rd

Soho, London, WC2H 0EW

On Christmas Day, the Soho Recovery Centre will hold three meetings: 7:30 am Alcoholics Anonymous, 18:00 Alcoholics Anonymous, and 19:30 Narcotics Anonymous. Its regularly scheduled meetings, which can be found here, will not change throughout the holiday season, so participants are welcome to drop in anytime!

Christmas Club – Sports activities for all disabled people – Disability Sports Coach

Friday December 28, 12:00-15:00

Free Entry

The Castle Centre

2 Saint Gabriel Walk, London, SE16FG

Games and lunch for adults and children with a disability, as well as their friends, families and carers.

All You Need Is Love Lounge New Year’s Party – Narcotics Anonymous

Monday December 31, 19:30 – Tuesday January 1, 01:00

£15 for Entry/ £20 for Entry + Dinner

Games, music, and food.

The Hop Back Lounge

London, SW11 3AG

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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