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The Company is our professional ensemble of actors and performers. Members have experience of substance misuse and are stable within their own recovery, able to commit to professional productions and theatre tours as we devise work that can often be sensitive and challenging.

Participants collaborate with professional theatre directors to devise productions for paying audiences that tour to theatre festivals, treatment facilities, prisons, schools and other venues. For some productions, The Company will deliver post-show drama and wellbeing activities for groups of audience members.

Recent productions by The Company include:

Never Be Lonely

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A Very Happy Scrappy Sackler Family Thanksgiving

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Unfinished Business

The Company’s unique work regularly receives critical acclaim from theatre reviewers, has been the subject of a documentary and was featured recently on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live.

Those interested in joining The Company should first complete at least a year of Drop-in Drama, Write Now or Edge Two workshop sessions. Contact OETC’s office for more information.

The Company will help you to:

1. Collaborate on creating a shared vision

2. Maintain positive and professional internal dynamics

3. Develop knowledge of addiction and recovery

4. Foster professional performance techniques and skills

5. Support individual members to build their professional portfolio

Members of The Company are offered specialist training through our Volunteering & Employment Pathway to become Volunteer Peer Mentors or Volunteer Support Facilitators. Many go on to become paid facilitators for our drop-in groups and treatment facility Taster Sessions.

The Company participants are encouraged to attend OETC’s Social Activities, such as free Theatre Trips and Service User Social Events. Opportunities are advertised to current participants via email and text message.

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