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January Newsletter

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021 at Outside Edge!! We’ve taken some much needed rest over the past couple of weeks, because (as you’ll see below) last month was full of excitement with our Volunteer Peer Facilitators winning an award from the Mayor of London, our incredible Christmas Party and a bunch of fabulous productions. But now we’re rested up and ready to kick-start the year with even more excitement: delivering our first blended online/in-person Drop-in Drama session in Southwark this week, starting a new project with The Company and sharing more performances of our work with you! If you, or any service users you know, have made a New Year’s Resolution to be more creative, support recovery goals and make new friends, then check out our schedule of activities and we’ll see you at Outside Edge this month.

Covid-19 Update: Based on the latest government guidelines (accurate as of January 5th), we are still able to deliver blended in-person/online support group work. We will continue to offer this essential service for service users who require it, but we strongly encourage as many people as possible to access Outside Edge activities online until the national lockdown ends. For those of you that do need to attend in-person, find out about our heightened safety measures here

January Workshop Schedule

Monthly Schedule of Activities

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.

6:30pm-8:30pm – Edge Two (Christopher & Julia)
Edge Two returns with a new module focused on the work of Brazilian Theatre Practitioner Augusto Boal. Participants will explore the use of Image Theatre and improvisation over the course of 11 weeks. If you have attended a month of any of our Drop-In activities and would like to attend email

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 or production team. 

5th January – The Fairytale Revolution (Theatre 503)
12th January – Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual (Curve Theatre)
19th January – Only The Brave (A co-produced show with Soho TheatreDaniel Sparrow Productions and Birdsong Productions at Wales Millennium Centre)
26th January – User Not Found (Dante or Die)

3:30pm-5:30pm – Write Now (Stewart & Hannah)BLENDED DELIVERY AVAILABLE
6:30pm-8:30pm – West London Drop-In Drama (Tunde & Julia)BLENDED DELIVERY AVAILABLE

12:30pm-2:30pm – Women’s Drama Group (Gemma & Charon) 
6:30pm-8:30pm – Moving Recovery (Paul – a collaboration with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre)
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 (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.
6:30pm-8:30pm – South London Drop-In Drama (Julia & Shiv) 

The Company will be starting a new project in January. Company members will receive a rehearsal timetable with full rehearsal dates. 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.

The Company: 
New Project with Hannah Hauer-King

We’re excited to announce that plans are underway for our next project with The Company. This group is made up of service users who have been attending Outside Edge for over a year and shown the commitment required to work as a member of an ensemble to create a public performance with a professional director. Eligible participants for this project will be contacted via email. This winter the group will be working with Hannah Hauer-King, who is Artistic Director of Damsel Productions and has previously directed for Paines Plough, Royal Welsh School of Drama and Music, HighTide Festival, Papatango and Theatre503 amongst others. Members of The Company will start devising their new piece with Hannah at the end of the month, so watch this space for performance information in March!

The Company is generously supported by:

Moving Recovery

Starting this month Outside Edge’s Moving Recovery Group led by Fallen Angels will be starting to create work for a performance in the Spring. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried out this amazing new group, you can still come along in January and get moving. But there is no time to waste as from February this group will not be accepting new participants. 

Moving Recovery is generously supported by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible. 

Mayor of London Volunteering Awards: Winners!

Outside Edge’s Volunteer Peer Facilitators have won the Mayor of London Volunteering Awards!
This category recognised volunteering that supported organisational changes necessary to deliver services differently, to ensure vital support continued to be delivered during the crisis. This included more digital/online volunteering and phone services taking the place of previously face-to-face services. Volunteer activities that were adapted to ensure the sustainability of support services in the face of covid-19 adversities. You can hear more about the award from Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, here…
A special thank you to Volunteer Peer Facilitators Liam Quinn, Sue Wilson & Billie Hands for all their hard work! We’re lucky to have you.

Write Now – Living Records Festival

The playwrights of Write Now have created a collection of work that will be debuted at the Living Record Festival from 17th Jan until 22nd Feb. Living Record Festival is a month-long digital art festival curating and presenting original pieces from a range of art forms by independent companies and freelance artists. Outside Edge’s writers will be presenting a uniquely curated selection of short scripts with accompanying animation that will show the festive period in a new light. Through a bizarre but topical series of scenes and monologues, our playwrights will invite audiences on a dark, magical journey exploring feelings of loneliness and despair at the thought of a cancelled Christmas. We see the characters move through three months in the search of hope within the shadows. Support our writers by attending our Living Records Festival and having a listen to their fantastic new work online.

Write Now is generously supported by The Mount Trust and:

Christmas Party!

We finished 2020 with a bang. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Party in any way. Special thanks to Billie Hands for leading our Christmas Craft Corner, Christopher Holt and Gemma Rogers for singing some festive classics for us all. The festive cheer was felt by all and sent our service users into the festive season suitably jolly!

Edge Two – New Performance

Our Edge Two performers have devised an innovative performance recorded from both the rehearsal room and Zoom! This Square or That Square was inspired by the performers’ own experiences of the world today, was developed by the group and is now available to share with you. Congratulations Edge Two on your consistent ability to rise to the occasion and be creative in the face of challenges.

 Edge Two is generously supported by…

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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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3 Borough Service User Forum

Are you accessing support services in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea or Hammersmith & Fulham? Would you like to learn new skills?Would you like to have your say in how services are run?Any ideas about how we could do things differently?

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Time: Jan 6, 2021 11:30 London
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Synergy Theatre Project Acting 2021

New Introduction to Acting course at Synergy Theatre for anyone who have been to prison or have personally had experience with the Criminal Justice System. Participants will learn techniques used by professional actors and explore them in fun, practical sessions leading towards a short performance to an invited audience (this course is accredited). Participants don’t need experience in acting (although this would be beneficial) but a willingness to get involved and the ability to commit to learning acting techniques with the view to perform at the final showcase.The course will run from 27th January -26th March 2020 (Wednesday afternoons plus a Thursday and Friday on the final week) Morley College, Studley Road, Stockwell. 

To apply and for further information contact Karl at Synergy:

Application deadline: 20th January 2021 5pm

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