We’ve had an exciting February at Outside Edge. Last month saw our South London Drop-in Drama group start operating with blended delivery, Theatre Club was jam-packed with fantastic industry guests from shows such as: Fragments (Beckett by Brook), The Cost of Living (DV8), The Poltergeist (Southwark Playhouse) and Uncle Vanya (Harold Pinter Theatre) and we started recruiting for our next Chair of the Board of Trustees (more details below).
With Spring creeping in we are celebrating the start of a fresh new season with upcoming events and the latest performances from our groups. We can’t wait to tell you more about it…
March 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)
If you have attended a month of any of our Drop-In activities and would like to join Edge Two for their next module please email email@example.com.
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.
3:30pm-5:30pm – Write Now (Stewart & Hannah)
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.
The Company (Hannah) started a new project in January. Company members have received 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Production by The Company – ‘Never Be Lonely’
During the first lockdown, a group in West London came together to form the Anti-Loneliness Club. Their mission was to do whatever was required to ward off mid-pandemic loneliness.
The Club is now throwing open its doors (virtually of course!) all in the name of fun to present their first variety show, Never Be Lonely. Expect singing, dancing, spoken word, sass and a lot of bad jokes.
This performance will be streamed live online so save the date now. More details on how to book your free ticket will be sent to the Outside Edge mailing list in the coming weeks.
SAVE THE DATE: 30th March 7pm
The Company is generously supported by:
**NEW GROUP** East London Drop-in Drama coming soon!
Outside Edge are thrilled to announce that we have a new Drop-in Drama group starting in… East London! That’s right, we’re expanding to make sure we can provide workshops across London so that we can engage with more people in recovery. If traveling across the city has been one of the reasons you haven’t made it to us before…this East London group is for you!
This is an informal group for people affected by addiction, especially those currently living in East London and the surrounding areas and will run every week on Tuesday nights (6:30pm – 8:30pm) starting from April at a venue close to Whitechapel station (address to be announced shortly). Drop-In Drama is a fun, safe introduction to drama that is suitable for all levels of experience and recovery, all we ask is that participants are abstinent on the day of the activity.
Come along to try it out! We’ll be playing easy improvisation games and there will be lots of laughter. Feel free to drop-in as part of your recovery process or attend regularly.
For East London organisations who have service users that would benefit from this group, why not book one of our FREE Five Ways To Wellbeing Drama Taster Sessions to introduce your cohort to Outside Edge? Participants will then be able to attend our free weekly workshops to support them to build their Recovery Capital. If you are interested in booking an online taster session for your service, please get in touch with Alessandra via the email: email@example.com
East London Drop-in Drama is generously supported by:
Edge Two Spring Sharing
Edge Two are coming to the end of their module focused on the work of two renowned theatre practitioners Augusto Boal and Keith Johnstone. Participants have been exploring the use of Image Theatre and improvisation over the course of 11 weeks and have created a short performance to share with friends of Outside Edge.
Under the guidance of Christopher Holt (OETC’s Associate Theatre Facilitator) and Julia Couto (Applied Theatre Practitioner & OETC facilitator) the group have progressed their performance skills by looking at techniques and practices drawn from Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ and Johnstone’s pioneering improvisational theatre.
We have some quotes from their rehearsals so far for a sneak peak of what’s been going on in a very exciting room/Zoom…
“2 hours was like 2 seconds, it was amazing. I feel much better than I did 2 hours ago”
“The trust and the bonkers work in the room was great!”
This new original piece will be streamed online via Zoom and we welcome you to attend. Please find the Zoom link below:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 1233 6072
SAVE THE DATE: 22nd March at 7.45pm
Edge Two is generously supported by:
New location up and running for our South London Drop-in Drama!
Last week we had our first South-London Drop-in Drama group operating in person as well as on Zoom. It was great to have some bodies in the space again and to be joined by some new and familiar faces. So much fun was had by all attending in person AND on Zoom.
If you can’t get to grips with Zoom or you need that in person support at a workshop, our Friday night South-London Drop-In Drama remains open to book for in-person socially distanced sessions.
Our South London venue ‘Living Space’ is connected to a variety of transport routes. The nearest tube stations are Waterloo, Lambeth North and Southwark. It is located nearby to The Old Vic Theatre and is also on a number of South London bus routes. For more details about how to find the space click here.
If you would like to come in person you MUST book ahead of time as spaces are limited.
South London Drop-in Drama is generously supported by:
We’re recruiting a new Chair of the Board of Trustees!
We are currently recruiting a new Chair of the Board of Trustees to work with OETC’s Artistic Director and CEO to help shape and lead the company through our exciting next stage of development and growth. Outside Edge Theatre Company is a small, fast-paced charity offering Trustees the opportunity to directly affect the organisation’s outcomes and see first-hand the impact of their efforts.
Outside Edge Theatre Company values a diversity of perspective and lived experience and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of substance misuse history, age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.
A full recruitment pack can be downloaded here:
Interviews will be held in the week commencing 5th April 2021.
For more information, please see our web page or contact Artistic Director /CEO Matt Steinberg, to discuss any questions you might have about the information listed above.
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:
Mary Ballard & Paul Branzbu
From our friends…
Stanley Halls – (website)
Beyond the Bank is a community group where unemployed adults can meet, talk and participate in creative workshops led by local professional theatre makers with the aim of building confidence, community strength and better mental health. No experience is necessary and Zoom Workshops will take place every Tuesday from 9th Feb-30th March from 10:30am-12pm.
We believe that by bringing people together to talk, listen and find a positive and creative outlet, participants can find their voices, expand their horizons and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Interested? Sign up here: https://stanleyarts.org/event/beyond-the-bank/all/
Theatre 503 – (website)
Applications are now open for the 503FIVE writers residency for 2021-2022.
The 503Five is an 18 month residency supported by the Carne Trust and Orseis Trust offering writers the opportunity to find their creative home at Theatre503, develop work and experience being at the heart of a new writing theatre. This scheme is designed for writers who have developed their craft to a high standard but are not yet professionally produced.
We define “professionally produced” as a full-length play of more than 65 minutes that has been produced professionally for 4 weeks or more in any theatre.
The residency will offer writers a seed commission of £2,000, a series of masterclass workshops, peer to peer support, industry connections, R&D processes, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to have work staged. For more information visit: https://theatre503.com/503studio/503five2122/
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.