From January 2020 Outside Edge Theatre Company will be available to deliver Drama & Creative Writing Taster Sessions for people in recovery at treatment programmes and rehabilitation centres across London.
Our Taster Sessions are based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing, using fun, fast paced exercises giving participants an embodied experience of the benefits of a creative activity, through connecting with one another in an engaging, entertaining environment. The workshop to now include an optional creative writing element encouraging empathy through character building and expanding imagination through simple writing techniques.
The Taster Sessions are led by members of OETC’s specially trained drama facilitators. Sessions begin with a brief warm-up, followed by a series of icebreakers, before moving on to improvisation games that participants might recognise from TV shows such as “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. This is followed by some simple but effective writing exercises to encourage the group to start thinking about creating characters and writing dialogue.Throughout the workshop the group have the opportunity to reflect on their wellbeing and how they can improve it.
Participation in our workshops helps to build recovery capital by increasing self-esteem and confidence, whilst developing empathy and improving emotional regulation. All the skills practised during the workshops are transferable to a number of situations, including the search for future employment or training.
Don’t just take our word for it below is some feedback from Service Users and Key Workers following the taster sessions last year:
“I enjoyed connecting with new people. It gave me an outlook on how life can be” – Participant
“I liked having to step out of my comfort zone and taking risks. It was lots of fun!” – Participant
“Well done to the wonderful facilitators. I will be introducing it to my other placements.” – Key Worker
“The session allowed me to interact with others which I enjoyed, it also built my confidence at the same time” – Participant
If you are a treatment programme, rehabilitation centre or service user interested in booking one of our Drama Taster Sessions, please contact Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 020 7371 8020.
Until further notice we have temporarily suspended the Drama & Creative Writing Taster Sessions to protect the health of participants and staff. But we continue to offer weekly online creative activities, including Drop-in Drama, Write Now, Women’s Drama Group and Edge Two. Join us through a video link or telephone call in a chatroom and help spark your creativity and reconnect with each other.
If any service users would like to join in the online activities, please ask them to register their interest here.