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June Newsletter

June Newsletter
Last month was exciting for Outside Edge! We announced our new Chair of the Board of Trustees and started work on a brilliant nation-wide partnership project to celebrate Overdose Awareness Day.

We also moved to two exciting new venues for our West London Write Now group (now hosted by Chelsea Theatre) and our South London Drop-in Drama (now at Southwark Playhouse).

This month we have more exciting announcements (did somebody say new group!?) and we will welcome a new staff member to the Outside Edge team!
June Workshop Schedule
Monthly Schedule of Activities 
June 2021

If you are new to OETC and would like to participate in any of these activities then please register your interest here, and someone from our team will contact you.


6:30pm-8:30pm – Edge Two (Christopher & Julia)
If you have attended 3 months of any of our Drop-In activities and would like to join Edge Two for their next module please email


6:30pm-8:30pm – East London Drop-in Drama (Shiv and Alessandra)

6:30pm-8:00pm – Theatre Club (Molly)
Join us in a conversation about our weekly Theatre Trip! Watch the play online ahead of the group then join us for a chat about the play and a Q&A with an exciting guest from the show or production team. 

1st June – Bis-ta (audioplay by Sonya Hale with Clean Break)
8th June – The Merthyr Stigmatist (Sherman Theatre) – link to be emailed
15th June – DROWNTOWN LOCKDOWN (Rhiannon Faith Company)
22nd June – The Macbeths (Citizens Theatre) – link to book free tickets
29th June – Border Tales (The Show Must Go On)


3:30pm-5:30pm – West London Write Now (Stewart & Hannah/Alice)

6:30pm-8:30pm – West London Drop-In Drama (Tunde & Julia)


12:30pm-2:30pm – Women’s Drama Group (Gemma & Charon)

7:00pm-8:30pm – Overdose Awareness Day Project (Fallen Angels & Small Performance Adventures)


1:00pm-3:00pm – Peer-led Check-in (Liam & Sue)
The chat room is open for participants to support each other or just meet up to chat about how they are feeling. Open to all participants who have attended 1 other group previously.
**On the 2nd of July, Peer-led Check-in will be running IN PERSON – more details below**

6:30pm-8:30pm – South London Drop-In Drama (Julia & Shiv) 

Please note that all OETC groups will now be held on Zoom (as well as some running a blended delivery). All current OETC participants should have received an email and/or text message from us with information on how to join in the activities. 

If you are a participant who did not yet receive this information, please email or call us on 0207 371 8020. To keep up to date with the latest schedules check us out on Twitter (@OutsideTheatre) and Facebook (@Outsidedgetheatre) every Monday! Follow us on social media to see what Outside Edge is up to. 
We’re running on zoom and in person!
Just a reminder to everyone that we are still running a blended delivery for any groups that have returned to in-person facilitation. This means that you can access the group either in-person or online via Zoom. The choice is yours! Though as the world starts to open up again we encourage you to come and join us in person if you’re able to. For now, we will only be offering in person delivery for the groups listed below:

Edge Two (Mondays)
East London Drop-in Drama (Tuesdays)
West London Write Now (Wednesdays)
West London Drop-in Drama (Wednesdays)
Women’s Drama Group (Thursdays)
South London Drop-In Drama (Friday)

In line with social distancing guidelines we will need to limit the number of people who can be in the workshop space. You will need to book your space in advance of attending. Bookings will close 4 hour before the workshop’s start time.

As with all of our activities it is free to attend, but if you have not booked, you will not be able to enter the workshop space. Existing OETC members will have been sent a link to book a space for any of our blended sessions via email or text. If you are new to OETC, register your interest here and Molly will be in touch.
Peer-Led Check-In…In the Park!
You’ve spoken and we’ve listened…we’re so excited to share with you that Peer-Led Check-in will be running IN PERSON for one session only.Our brilliant peer volunteers, Liam and Sue, will be running Peer-Led Check-in on July 2nd from Hampstead Heath (1pm-3pm). Anyone is welcome to attend and social distancing will be in place!More information coming soon…
East London Write Now – Coming Soon!
Outside Edge are thrilled to announce that we have a new Write Now group starting in… East London!

That’s right, we’re expanding to make sure we can provide workshops across London so that we can engage with more people in recovery. If traveling across the city has been one of the reasons you haven’t made it to our Write Now workshop, then this East London group is for you! 

This script writing group will run on Tuesday afternoons (3:30pm – 5:30pm) starting in July at Brady Arts Centre. No previous writing experience is required in order to attend. All we ask is that participants are abstinent on the day of the activity. Sessions will take place at the same venue for our East London Drop-in Drama group later that evening (6.30pm – 8.30pm), so everyone is encouraged to get a double dose of Outside Edge on Tuesdays!

We can’t wait to get writing with you…
East London Write Now is generously supported by: 
Drama & Creative Writing Taster Sessions are back!
In honour of our new Write Now group coming to East London in July, we’ve brought back our Drama & Creative Writing Taster Sessions!

For East London organisations who have service users that might benefit from this group, why not book one of our FREE Five Ways To Wellbeing Drama & Creative Writing Taster Sessions to introduce your cohort to Outside Edge? Participants will then be able to attend our free weekly workshops to support them to build their Recovery Capital.

If you are interested in booking an online taster session for your service, please get in touch with Tess via the email:
Meet our new Outreach & Administration Assistant
As our charity continues to grow to meet the community’s ongoing needs, we are delighted to welcome Tess Agus as another new Outreach & Administration Assistant (a job she will share with Alessandra).

She will specifically be providing outreach support to our Administration & Project Manager three days a week to ensure that we continue expanding our reach and connecting with new participants from the recovery community.
Tess is a director, theatre-maker and facilitator. Her credits include: Assistant director, and later performer in Sue MacLaine’s ‘Vessel’ performing at the Battersea Arts Centre, The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and The British Council Showcase. Assistant director for Actors of Dionysus immersive show, ‘Savage Beauty’ later becoming the company’s Content Coordinator.  

She has an MA in directing from the Guildford School of Acting where she co-founded theatre company ‘Bee in my Beanie’. The company produced a series of new writing Festivals celebrating the voices of women, and a series of puppetry and storytelling workshops exploring folktales from around the world. The company’s most recent play ‘Aamira and Gad’ (based on the Israel/Palestine conflict) was shortlisted for the 2019 LET awards, and performed at VAULT festival 2019.

Tess has worked extensively as a facilitator, most recently working with Total Insight Theatre to deliver a series of storytelling workshops for libraries around Brent Borough. We’re excited to have her join the Outside Edge team!
Quotes of the month
 Thank you to our new supporters…
During these difficult times we would like to thank our recent supporters who have made donations to Outside Edge this month:

Toby ClarkeSarah ConnorsAndrew FrederickDebra HauerJoanna RidoutIsabel del Rio and Nic Shore
Support us
To continue to offer our creative activities for free we reply on the continued support of grants and donations. If you would like to help Outside Edge through this challenging time, then please consider donating.
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