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April Newsletter

April Newsletter
This month’s newsletter is bursting with celebration, from our incredible production of Barefaced and Edge Two’s dynamic ‘Postdramatic Theatre’ sharing in March, to the upcoming return of our much anticipated ‘Moving Recovery’ Group, there is plenty to shout about! If you missed any of the excitement last month, don’t worry we’ve got just as much to get involved in during April.
Barefaced photography by Lidia Crisafulli
April Workshop Schedule
Monthly Schedule of Activities 
April 2022

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.

Outside Edge will be closed over the Bank Holiday from Friday 15th April – Monday 18th April. No workshops will take place on these dates and the office will be closed. 

3:30pm-5:30pm –  East London Drop-in Drama (Shiv & Charon)
6:30pm-8:30pm – East London Write Now (Tunde & Charon)

3:30pm-5:30pm – West London Write Now (Stewart & Jane)
6:30pm-8:30pm – West London Drop-In Drama (Tunde & Chloe)

12:30pm-2:30pm – Women’s Drama Group (Charon & Júlia) 
6:30pm-8:30pm – Moving Recovery (Hannah R & Hannah W)

There will be no workshops on Friday 15th April due to the Easter Bank Holiday.
1:00pm-3:00pm – Peer-led Check-in (Phil)
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. Friday 22nd April Phil will be hosting a QUIZ during Peer-led Check in! So login and test your knowledge.
6:30pm-8:30pm – South London Drop-In Drama (Júlia & Shiv) 

Saturday 23rd April
11:00am – 5:00pm – Voice Masterclass with Joel Trill
Spaces are limited so all participants must sign up ahead of the session. See below for more information.

Please note that all OETC’s drop-in groups (excluding Peer-led Check-in) are now running a blended delivery, so you can attend in person or on Zoom.

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.
Congratulations to all who were involved in creating Barefaced. The show was a roaring success with audiences leaving Chelsea Theatre laughing, crying and inspired by our performers. 

“It was fantastic – picked up on a lot of nuances about recovery, identity, and communication – and I thought writing it as a text really helped with subtlety and power – great stuff.”

“Powerful performance. It showed clearly how substance misuse affects relationships with family and friends. The play felt sad but human. Strong performances by the actors. It felt authentic. At the same time it managed to be funny and strangely uplifting.”

“Excellent play, serious but humorous, very well acted.”

“It was the best performance I have been to…It was clear, humorous, real and well acted. I enjoyed the evening very much.”

If seeing our performers in recovery inspired you to give acting a try, why not join one of our FREE Drop-in Drama groups across the city!
Barefaced photography by Lidia Crisafulli
Barefaced‘ is kindly supported by:
Moving Recovery Returns
Back by popular demand our dance and movement group Moving Recovery returns to Brady Arts Centre (Whitechapel) from THIS MONTH, from Thursday (7th April).

This weekly group is open to new members of Outside Edge and you do not need any previous experience of dance to join. The group will be facilitated by our formidable team Hannah Rudd & Hannah Williams, who have been trained by our partners Fallen Angels Dance Theatre.
Their experience of movement within recovery makes this group an incredibly unique offer. This isn’t dance as you know it; you will learn how to unlock your own movements and it’s accessible for everyone regardless of ability. This is an informal group for people who are in recovery or have been affected by addiction, including their family, carers and champions.

Moving Recovery is generously supported by:
Edge Goes Past the Post
Last week our Edge Two performers shared what they have been working on over the past 3 months, with an audience of family, friends and supporters.

Facilitated by Associate Facilitator Christopher Holt and Applied Theatre Practitioner Júlia Couto this ‘Postdramatic performance’ from Edge Two invited audience members to get lost in the parallel universe of Postmodernism, with cries to the darkness and journeys into the Surreal – witnessing the weird and the wonderful.

Congratulations to all the performers and thank you to all those who came out to support the group. 

Fancy joining our next Edge Two project? 
We will be starting the next module of work from 9th May. To join you need to have attended 3 months of any of our Drop-in groups (Women’s Drama, Drop-in Drama or Write Now). If that could be you, and you’d like to learn more about the next Edge Two project, please email

Edge Two is kindly supported by:
Prompt delivery – SAVE THE DATE
Participants of the East London Write Now group will be sharing their work in progress short scripts on Tuesday 26th April.

This collection of playwrights in recovery have been responding to writing prompts during their sessions and this sharing will be a culmination of these weeks and show just how far the imagination can stretch when prompted!

Join our writers for this rehearsed reading of new work at Brady Arts Centre (Whitechapel) from 7pm. 

All supporters are welcome but we ask that you let us know if you plan to join us here.
Call out for Artist & Facilitators with lived experience of addiction.
We are looking to expand our pool of freelance workshop facilitators that work across our participatory arts programme in London. We are looking to meet artists and/or facilitators that identify as being affected by addiction, including but not limited to people in recovery from addiction and those who have been affected by a loved one’s addiction.

Full details about what we are looking for including personal specification is available here
Outside Edge out and about!
We love sharing our work far and wide, this month we shared Outside Edge’s work at TWO events. 

The Health Tree 

At our home at Brady Arts Centre, Christopher Holt facilitated drama exercises from our Five Ways to Wellbeing Taster Session, as well as sharing his own experiences of Outside Edge during this Thriving Communities social prescribing networking event. Social prescribing partners from across Tower Hamlets were offered a small sample of what we get up to at Outside Edge every week.

University College London 

Matt Steinberg presented a guest lecture about our arts-based interventions for the students of UCL’s MASc in Creative Health.  This was complimented with a practical demonstration, as Peer Facilitators Liam & Billie delivered a whistle stop tour of our work with the students.  

If you would like Outside Edge to appear at your event or university, contact us at
More Masterclasses to come…watch this space!
After a successful year of inviting industry professionals to deliver Masterclasses on their specialism, we will be continuing our series of Monthly Masterclasses. Starting in April with a Voice Masterclass from Joel Trill on Saturday 23rd.

More information will be emailed to participants shortly so watch this space! 
Quotes of the month
From Our Friends
Dorty Mooth Theatre and Omnibus Theatre present a world premiereNOTHING IN A BUTTERFLY by Ric Renton

Inspired by lived experience of addiction and recovery, prison and luxury, this new play is the blazing debut from Geordie actor and playwright Ric Renton.

NOTHING IN A BUTTERFLY asks what can save people from themselves and what does it take to break the cycle of violence?

Watch the trailer and book now at Omnibus Theatre.

Performances 29 March – 2 April 7.30pm & matinee 2 April 2.30pm.A post-show talk exploring the making of the play and bringing stories of people with lived experience of addiction and recovery will follow the matinee performance on Saturday 2nd April and is free for all ticket holders.
Book here
From our friends at Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, the only dance company that exists to support addiction and recovery locally, nationally and internationally, Transfiguration is a brand-new trio of 10-minute dance films, focusing on the journey from addiction to recovery.

Catch up with I Fall and I Need- and sign up to be the first to watch We Need by clicking the button below.
Watch Now
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 rely 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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