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Creative Activities

We use theatre and performing arts to give people affected by addiction a voice – enabling them to reach and recognise their potential, find an identity and build life skills and confidence in order to support recovery.

Our activities are free for any service user who is practicing harm reduction or in recovery from any form of addiction, plus their family, carers and champions. To find out which groups you can currently join, please see our monthly schedule of activities.

We run weekly drop-in groups for new participants:

East London Drop-in Drama

West London Drop-in Drama

South London Drop-in Drama

East London Write Now

West London Write Now

Women’s Drama Group

Moving Recovery

For current or returning participants interested in groups requiring more commitment and discipline, we also offer:

Edge Two

Write Two

Masterclasses

The Company

Participants can also access Peer-led Recovery Maintenance and Pastoral Care Support with our full-time staff.

The only thing we ask is that you will have abstained on the day that you access the groups, although low level scripts are welcome. For more information on joining the free weekly workshops, please contact OETC’s office or register your interest here.

Covid-19 Update (August 2021)

No need to Book In

We will be removing the booking system and reinstating ‘Drop In’ attendance for all registered OETC Service Users. If you are new to OETC you will still need to complete an induction ahead of coming to your first session. Register your interest in our sessions here. 

Blended Sessions 

The option to attend on Zoom will still be available for those people who are unable to make it to the physical space. We hope that the measures in place will help give you the confidence to come back to the space as and when you are comfortable to do so. 

Social Distancing 

We kindly request you maintain social distancing whenever possible and consider other participants and staff as you move around the workshop.

Face Coverings 

We encourage those who can to continue to wear a face covering in indoor workshop spaces (unless exempt).

Refreshments 

Unfortunately, we will not be offering refreshments during workshop activities, so please do bring your own water and snacks if required.

All these guidelines will be continually reviewed in line with government guidelines and the needs of the Outside Edge community. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask, you can drop us a message on admin@edgetc.org.

For now, we will only be offering a blended delivery for the groups listed below:

  • Edge Two (Mondays)
  • East London Write Now (Tuesdays)
  • East London Drop-in Drama (Tuesdays)
  • West London Write Now (Wednesdays)
  • West London Drop-in Drama (Wednesdays)
  • Women’s Drama Group (Thursdays)
  • South London Drop-In Drama (Friday)

For more information please visit the blended delivery page

We have also compiled a list of free creative and recovery maintenance resources available during Covid-19 social distancing. We will continue to update the list as more activities come online.

Social Activities

When you participate in OETC’s drama workshops you also have the chance to make new abstinent friends to enjoy creative activities with.

  • We organise free tickets to exciting shows around London for our Theatre Trips
  • Enjoy pizza, live music and performances from other participants at Service User Social Events
  • Help manage our charity by joining our Board of Trustees as a Service User Representative

Volunteer & Employment Activities

  • Volunteer Peer Mentor / Support Facilitator Programme

Following 3 months consistent attendance in Edge Two, service users can receive training to be Volunteer Peer Mentors and/or Volunteer Support Facilitators.

  • Paid Facilitation Work

After 6 months of consistent engagement, Volunteer Support Facilitators can be engaged as paid Support or Lead Facilitators for our Treatment Facility Taster Sessions and weekly drama groups.

  • Associate Theatre Facilitators

A special role for ex-service users who continue to facilitate OETC peer-led drama activities, but who have also gone on to successfully work in the theatre industry. They are ambassadors for our organisation and undertake research to develop new activities and exercises for the charity.

For more information on joining the free weekly workshops and recovery maintenance activities, please contact OETC’s office or register your interest here.

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