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July Newsletter

July Newsletter
Although lockdown has brought its challenges, it’s also brought opportunity to Outside Edge. We launched the Women’s Drama Group, watched 13 online theatre productions followed by Q&As with members of the cast and creative team and we created more chances for participants to connect with each other at their weekly Peer-led Check-in. 

Along with the rest of the world we are now looking forward  to the next stage of  our journey, which will be informed by our experiences during  lockdown and led by the changing needs and innovative ideas of our participants. See what we have been up to over the past month and what we are looking forward to for the rest of the summer.
Roger Allam at Theatre Club 

Online Workshop Schedule
July 2020

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 & The Company (Christopher & Julia)

Edge Two and The Company continue to collaborate on our Text Analysis project.  The group will look at how performers read, understand and creatively interpret the words on a page.If you have been to a minimum of 3 Write Now, Drop-in Drama or Women’s Drama Group sessions, you can join Edge Two & The Company for this new project.

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!

7th July – Les Blancs (National Theatre) guests to be confirmed.
14th July – Key Change (Open Clasp Theatre) guests to be confirmed.
21st July  – Amadeus (National Theatre) guests include actor Hammed Animashaun. 
28th July – Lippy (The Dead Centre) Video Password: ‘amen’ guests from The Dead Centre.

3:30pm-5:30pm – Write Now (Sonya & Gemma)
6:30pm-8:30pm – Drop-In Drama (Tunde & Julia)

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

Please note that all OETC groups will now be held on Zoom.

 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.  
Reflect. Reset. Recover. 
As the government’s Covid-19 guidelines begin  to shift, we want to hear from participants about what they would like from us as we begin to adapt our service delivery to ensure that we continue to offer a safe, supportive and high quality service for everybody. We don’t have a date yet for when we can return to in-person work, but we want to take this time to hear what you need!


What have we learnt  from the last three months of digital engagement?  Have there been any hidden gems that you want to hold on to or anything that you’d like to leave behind?


With the service user voice at the heart of any changes, we want to  look towards how we can work together as a community to design a safe service that is in-line with government guidelines and still creatively stimulating! We want to hear your ideas for different ways we can come together and rebuild connections with each other.


Recovery is what Outside Edge does best. We want to return with versions of our in-person groups as soon as possible, but with the resilience to respond to any changes in government guidelines and the evolving needs of our community.

Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID 823 9501 0066 & Password: 007101) or dial in +44 203 481 5240 on Thursday 9th July (4pm-6pm) to share your thoughts and reflections about our online groups and how you want us to support the return to in-person groups.

We will also send a link to an online survey or you can email us at with you ideas. 
The Phil Fox Award submissions are now closed!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a script to our script competition.We will be in touch with all entrants in due course as we start the exciting process of reading the scripts. The assessment process may not finish until the beginning of October, so please be patient.As a reminder the winner of the competition will be awarded a £6,000 commission and mentoring from multi-award winning playwright, and chair of the judging panel Enda Walsh!

The winner will be announced in November 2020.
The Phil Fox Award for Playwriting is generously supported by: 

An Anonymous Friend of OETC
Quotes of the month
Participate In Our Overdose Awareness Day Performance Project
Outside Edge is pleased to announce our next performance project for service users. In collaboration with Small Performance Adventures and performance groups across the UK, OETC will be participating in Overdose Awareness Day 2020.

This project will be open to all participants who have attended at least 3 previous sessions who will meet weekly in August to create video performance content with Small Performance Adventures. Towards the end of the project these videos will be collated and edited into a piece which will be shared online.

Introductory launch meeting will be on Thursday 23rd July at 4pm, more details to be announced soon so WATCH THIS SPACE!
Write Now- Summer Sharing
Last week, our talented Write Now group shared what they have been working on over the past 5 weeks. The writers performed monologues inspired by the theme ‘Bucket Lists’, to a group of supporters who came together as an online audience to hear their work!Congratulations to all the writers who were able to create pieces so captivating and imaginative over such a short space of time. We can’t wait to see what you create next!

If you would like to try scriptwriting, Write Now is the place for you! If you are already a member of any of OETC’s existing groups, you can come along on a Wednesday (3:30pm-5:30pm). If you are new to OETC register your interest here!
3B Service User Forum

Want to have your say about what services are availble in H&F, Westminster & RBKC? Then join OETC at the Three Borough Service User Forum on July 29 at 11:30am to have your say.

Join Zoom Meeting 73346578737?pwd= VWwyYWd5Q1hVeG9mZXlWYlJHOVlsdz 09

Meeting ID: 733 4657 8737
Password: 8YGPGb 

Dial by your location      
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Open to all who are accessing support within the three boroughs.
Thank You To Our Supporters!
During these difficult times we would like to thank our recent supporters who have made donations to Outside Edge this month:

The Mount Trust

And everyone who donated to our Emergency Covid-19 Appeal!
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 and ensure we have the capacity to restart our activities for people in recovery as soon as possible, then please consider donating.
From our friends…
Join the FREE online Choir with No Name singing sessions at 2.30pm every Tuesday!

Their singing sessions are all about fun – it doesn’t matter if you are a great singer or if you think you can’t sing a note, it’s about having a laugh and enjoying singing whatever you sound like!

Who are these sessions for?
These sessions are for people affected by homelessness, or at risk groups (service users and staff welcome). If you aren’t included in that group but still want to sing with us, you can! Click here for more info.

What happens in a singing session?
Each week one of our choir leaders will teach a well-known pop song for everyone to sing along to.  For most of the session everyone but the choir leader will be muted so you can enjoy singing along at the top of your voice without being nervous about what you sound like!

For more information, including how to join follow the link below!
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