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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Although the summer doesn’t quite look how we expected, at OETC we are determined to keep our activities exciting and engaging even whilst you are at home. 

May was a great month packed with activities, from online social groups to skills-based workshops. We have been as busy as ever and June shows no sign of slowing down! We can’t wait to start reading all your scripts for the Phil Fox Award For Playwriting (submissions close 16th June) and start the process to find the winner of our inaugural script competition. We have lots of ways for you to get involved, so check out the workshop schedule below, there is something for everyone!
Theatre Club with Vicky Featherstone (Artistic Director of Royal Court)

Online Workshop Schedule

June 2020

If you are new to OETC then please register your interest here, and one of the OETC team will contact you.


from 22nd June
6:30pm-8:30pm – Edge Two & The Company (Christopher & Julia)

This new exciting text analysis project is open to participants of Edge Two & The Company the project will be starting with Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.If you have been to a minimum of 3 Write Now, Drop-in Drama or Women’s Drama Group sessions, you can join Edge Two & The Company for this new project.


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!

2nd June – The Unknown Island (Gate Theatre) guests Elizabeth Powell (Lighting Designer) & Rosie Elnile (Designer)

9th June – A Monster Calls (Old Vic Theatre)guest: Matthew Tennyson (award-winning actor) 

16th June – Reasons to be Cheerful (Graeae)  guest: TBC 

23rd June – Wise Children (BBC Culture in Quarantine) guest: Emma Rice (Award-winning Director)

30th June – Tempest (BBC Culture in Quarantine) guest: Roger Allam (Theatre, Film and Television actor)


3:30pm-5:30pm – Write Now (Sonya & Gemma)

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


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

7:00pm – Watch Theatre Club Show 
Watch the show for next week’s Theatre Club or catch up whenever you get the chance. The plays and viewing links are listed above.


1:00pm-3:00pm –  Peer-led Check-in 
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.All current OETC participants will 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.  

The Phil Fox Award for Playwriting
2 weeks to go!

There are just 2 weeks to go until the submission deadline for The Phil Fox Award for Playwriting. Get your scripts about issues related to addiction to us by 5pm (BST) on 16th June for a chance to win a £6,000 commission and mentoring from multi-award winning playwright, and chair of the judging panel Enda Walsh!Other judges include Simon Stephens, Barbara Broccoli, Denise Gough, Indhu Rubasingham, Matt Applewhite, Sonya Hale and Matt Steinberg. 

If you are looking for a little bit of  motivation then why not watch our Q&A with Enda Walsh & Matt Steinberg below. 
Watch here
The Phil Fox Award for Playwriting is generously supported by: An Anonymous Friend of OETC

Quotes of the month

Women’s Drama Group
Every Thursday!

The return of the women’s group is off to a flying start! Over  the next few weeks the group will be engaging with drama exercises and creative writing to explore their own creativity and interests. One participant said:

“I’m excited at the prospect of growing together, this session has got me feeling positive.” 

The group will have the opportunity to decide what performance skills or styles they want to learn more about. From hip hop & grime lyrics to puppetry or directing, the direction of the group will be entirely based on the group’s interests. This weekly group is open to all ability levels and no previous experience is needed to join.

Edge Two – Love and Information 

This month our Edge Two group recorded their Acting for Camera/Radio pieces using video chat. This style of working was completely new to the group, but even when faced with the challenges of lockdown the work they were able to create after just 5 sessions was nothing short of incredible. Well done to all involved for your can-do attitude and resilience as performers. We will have a private sharing of the work on Monday 15th June – 6:30pm. 

Edge Two and The Company will return from 22nd June to work on Chekhov’s The Seagull. All participants will need to read the script ahead of the session. Scripts will be emailed on Friday 5th June, if you are not a current participant of Edge Two or The Company but would like to join the group please email  

Theatre Club

We have had some fantastic guests at Theatre Club throughout May, including Vicky Featherstone, Mathew Xia, Jenny Jackson, Charlotte Josephine and Jack Holden! Thank you to all our guests for their time and generosity. 

Due to the success of this new virtual group we will be continuing it throughout June, with some exciting guests from all areas of theatre. Joining us for Q&A’s we will welcome directors (Emma Rice), lighting and stage designers (Elizabeth Powell & Rosie Elnile) and award-winning actors (Matthew Tennyson & Roger Allam). So get your questions ready for these titans of the industry!

Covid-19 Support for Hammersmith & Fulham, City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Residents

CGL Zoom Drop-in – Every Tuesday at 12 noon Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 244 560 733 Password: Stowe2020CGL Zoom Coffee Morning – Every Thursday at 10am

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 867 340 7325 Password: 8fh5BR
RBKC – Food and Essentials (Collection/Delivery) H&F CANH&F Smile Brigade
Fulham Good Neighbours
Westminster Helpline for Vulnerable People
RBKC Covid-19 HubAntidote (London Friend) LGBT service users make changes from home, support yourself at difficult times, and links to Antidote’s drug & alcohol harm reduction information, including advice on chemsex and hook-ups during lockdown.

For more support services & virtual creative activities recommended by OETC visit our webite here.

Thank You To Our Supporters!

During these difficult times we would like to thank our recent supporters who have made donations to Outside Edge this month:Everyone who donated to our Emergancy Covid-19 Appeal!and

Support us

To continue to offer our creative activities for free we rely on the continued support of grants and donations.If you would like to help Outside Edge through this challenging time and ensure we have the capacity to restart our activities for people in recovery as soon as possible, then please consider donating.

From our friends…

Combatting stress with Fallen Angels through movement! 3 short videos availible on Youtube for you to try.Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher takes you through a few simple Fallen Angels Dance Theatre exercises that can help everyone to combat stress during these challenging and uncertain times.
Synergy’s running a Short Stage Play Competition, LOCKDOWN DRAMAS, open to all prisoners and ex-prisoners in England and Wales.They’re looking for original 10-minute plays with no more than 4 characters, written in response to the current Covid-19 lockdown. 

You don’t need experience, just a story to tell!Prizes awarded (1st: £150; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £75; Highly Commended: £50) and winning plays will be performed by professional actors as script-in-hand readings.Please read the full guidelines and contact Synergy directly with any queries:

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