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July Newsletter

July Newsletter

With more people returning to our spaces for in-person activities, last month was a blast! We had a sharing from our fantastic Edge Two group, found ourselves listed in The Daily Mirror as they highlighted 1,000 acts of kindness during the pandemic and were shortlisted for Community Group of the Year by the 2021 Social Prescribing Link Worker Awards.

July shows no sign of slowing down as this month we will be launching our new East London Write Now group. To celebrate the start of our second group in East London and to introduce local service users to our West London participants, we are inviting all of you to a BBQ at our new East London home Brady Arts Centre (more information below). We will also run two weeks of R&D rehearsals for three of the finalist scripts from last year’s Phil Fox Award competition.

We hope that you’ll be keen to join us at the social event or at one of our creative weekly workshops this month! 

July Workshop Schedule

Monthly Schedule of Activities 
July 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.


Returning on 19th July
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


3:30pm-5:30pm – **NEW** East London Write Now (Charon and Tunde)

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


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

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


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


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. 

New Group: East London Write Now!

We can’t wait  to start our **NEW** script writing group, East London Write Now, after the success of its West London counterpart!

East London Write Now starts from July 6th and runs weekly, every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 5.30pm at Brady Arts Centre near Whitechapel Station (E1 5HU) and can also be accessed on Zoom. 

This creative writing workshop is suitable for people at all stages of their recovery who want regular writing opportunities as part of their recovery maintenance, or for anyone who would like to support their mental health and wellbeing. Exercises are tailored for the needs of the participants who will learn to tell stories, write dramatic dialogue and structure theatre scripts.

East London Write Now will help you to:

Develop a personal voice through the written word
Create a safe peer-support network
Foster personal confidence
West London Write Now will continue to run on Wednesdays at the Chelsea Theatre, so keen writers can always attend both groups if they are interested!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask and drop us a message on 

Help us spread the word!

We’re thrilled to expand our reach and offer our activities to more service users in East London! Can you help us spread the word?
If you are an East London based treatment service or community group with members who could benefit from this free weekly activity, then why not book one of our Drama and Creative Writing Taster Session? This FREE 1 hour long session explores the Five Ways to Wellbeing through fun, fast-paced creative exercises.

To book a taster session and form more information email Tess on

East London Write Now is generously supported by: 

Save the date: OETC’s East London BBQ

It’s been far too long since we’ve all been able to get together so we would like to invite you to join us Saturday 24th July to help Outside Edge celebrate the launch of TWO new groups in Tower Hamlets. Friends of OETC, participants, supporters and performers (old and new) are all welcome to attend.

We will have a BBQ and a chance to mingle with one another and (in true OETC fashion) there’s sure to be a performance or two!
We will be opening the stage for anyone who would like to take this opportunity to share a performance (of any kind!) with an Outside Edge audience. 

If you are an OETC Service User who would like to perform something on the day, please contact Molly on

Time: 2:30pm-5:30pm

Hope to see you all there. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details as the party date approaches!

Peer Led Check-in … in the park!

TOMORROW Peer-Led Check-in will be running IN PERSON for one session only (Friday 2nd July)

Anyone is welcome to join our Peer Volunteers Liam & Sue on Hampstead Heath for an in person catch up from 1pm – 3pm

So we can reduce the risks associated with Covid-19 we ask that you bring your own snacks and drinks.  Social distancing will be in place throughout.

What to bring?
Aside from bringing yourself, everything else is optional! 
Bring your own snacks and drinks.
Bring a blanket, camping chair or something to sit on. 
Dress appropriately for the unpredictable British weather! 

Where to meet us?
If you are arriving early you can meet Sue, Liam or Molly by Gospel Oak (Overground Station) from 12:30- 12:45pm and we can walk over together. 
We plan to sit near the Parliament Hill Bandstand and Parliament Hill Cafe so if you plan to meet us there head in that direction and we will keep an eye out for you. 

Congratulations to the performers of Edge Two!

After two weeks of blended rehearsals, the wonderful performers of Edge Two shared their work with a large virtual audience this Monday.
Rooted in the work of Michael Chekhov, and exploring ‘elements, emotions and movement’, the performers presented a series of short scenes which were punctuated with beautiful movement pieces and tied together with high energy, professionalism and support.
The scenes transported us from an audition room, to a masseuse’s chair, to some more abstract spaces- making us laugh, think and reflect.
Some performers were in the room and some joined via Zoom, but all delivered their performances with commitment and precision which left the audience mesmerized and delighted.

This is what the audience had to say:
“Hypnotic to watch!”
“Poetry in motion! Beautiful.”
“It was mesmerizing.”  

Theatre Club is changing!

This week we had our final weekly Theatre Club. After 62 glorious weeks and countless fantastic guests we will be changing the way Theatre Club runs. As theatres start to reopen (yay!) Theatre Club members will be taken back to live venues and we will continue to curate Q&As with those involved in the production. 

We would like to give a huge thank you to all our guests, who selflessly lent us their Tuesday evenings and were so generous and open with the answers to our questions. And also a big thank you to anyone who watched a show, came along and made the discussions so rich and exciting. We can’t wait for all of you to join us on the group’s next chapter and give rapturous applause together in real life! 

Our first trip for July will be to The Royal Court to see seven methods of killing kylie jenner on Friday 23rd July at 7:45pm. Tickets are limited so if you are interested in coming along to this show please email 

Phil Fox R&D starts in July

The winning script of the inaugural Phil Fox Award for Playwriting Lessons for Diving by Silas Parry and two special commendation scripts, Drift by Kristian Phillips and Boomerang by Jack Stanley, are each going into R&D workshops later this month. 

We are excited to be able to support these playwrights to develop their next drafts and to watch these three incredible scripts come to life in the hands of exciting creative teams. 

The R&D showcases will be open to an invited list of industry professionals, and we hope to be able to share full productions of these plays with a wider audience in due course.

The Phil Fox Award R&D project is supported by:

An Anonymous Friend of OETC


We’ve been shortlisted for a Link Worker Day 2021 Award!

Outside Edge has been shortlisted for this year’s #LinkWorkerDay2021Awards in the Community Group of the Year category. 

The 3rd Annual UK Social Prescribing Link Worker Day celebrates and showcases Social Prescribing Link Workers’ impact and role in creatively disrupting inequalities and powering up integrated care, recognising all those who have made outstanding contributions. 

The winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony which will take place on Thursday 7th October 2021. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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Have your say…

Are you a resident in Hammersmith and Fulham and currently accessing a drug and alcohol support/ treatment service?

Would you like to be involved in shaping these services?

If you would like to be involved, please sign up to one of the events listed below:

Wednesday 7th July (10 – 11.30am)

Sign up here

Monday 12th July (6-7.30pm)

Sign up here

Wednesday 14th July (3-4.30pm)

Sign up here

If you would like further information, please contact the OETC office on

From our friends…

FOR WOMEN facilitates safe, confidential and friendly online spaces where women can come together to talk openly and honestly about what they are going through.

Free weekly activities include:

THE HAPPINESS CORNER (Every Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45 via Zoom) confidential, supportive and non-judgemental peer talking group that aims to help women increase their mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

COFFEE CHAT (Fridays 10am – 11am on Zoom) a free, friendly online, 60 minute talking group with no set agenda. 

For more information email:

MUSIC IN MIND (part of Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster)

Are you into music? Have you ever wanted to create your own track? Music in Mind might be for you! You don’t need to know how to play an instrument. You don’t even need to know anything about computers.  Music in Mind tutor Karl will jam with you, show you how to produce a tune and when you are happy with it, to put it on the internet via an app called Sound Cloud.

For more information call: 020 72598100

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:

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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