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Shay’s Story

Kerry Reidy Comments

Shay has been a part of our community ensemble, Staging Recovery, for two years, having previously participated in a Geese project:

Adam, our drama teacher at Phoenix Futures, asked "who is interested in joining the upcoming Geese project ?" 10 of us volunteered, although we did not have a clue about what it would entail - "what`s Geese?" was the general reaction. Adam smiled and said "relax, just enjoy the experience". 

A few weeks later Emma, Liz, and Daniel arrived to begin the project, and after a day of ice breakers, role play and exploring a character behind the mask, I was already hooked on the Geese "experience". Fast forward 2 years and over that time I have had the privilege of being involved in Staging Recovery, rehearsing at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, doing workshops which included slapstick, mime, singing, stunt fighting, puppetry, dance and aerial rope stunts! All culminating in 2 full house performances at Birmingham Rep along with other performances at ACE dance, BVSC and Reach out Recovery. All this achieved by a guy who said "I don't do drama".

But in a short time I have discovered that drama can help increase my confidence, raise self esteem and self belief all while pushing my boundaries to the limit in a safe, positive, fun environment . So a big thanks to the whole Geese team but a special thanks to Andrea, Emma and Dan who have helped me achieve so many goals I never dreamed possible.               

 

Shay (in blue) performing at Birmingham REP, July 2017

Grow Your Tenner from Local Giving

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Exciting news!  For the next 24 hours, if you donate £10 for Geese projects in the West Midlands, Local Giving's Grow Your Tenner Campaign will match it!  That means your £10 will be £20 towards our vital projects with marginalised people in prisons, forensic mental health hospitals and community settings in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  Brilliant!  Do it here.

Clark’s Story

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Throughout our 30 years, we have collected thousands of stories from people we have helped, worked with, supported or moved and we will be sharing 30 of them throughout the coming year. We hope that they bring back memories for some as well as inspiring others. 30for30 will highlight the voices of previous and current participants of our projects and performances, artists that we have collaborated with and, of course, company and Board members from thoughout the years.

To kick us off, our first story had to be from Clark Baim, founder of Geese Theatre Company UK:

On June 10th, 1987, we had our very first rehearsal in the drama studio at the University of Warwick near Coventry, England. Thirty years later, the Company, based in Birmingham, England are going stronger than ever, leaders in the field of applied theatre in criminal justice and related settings in the UK and beyond. It’s my great joy to now be on the Board of Trustees for the Company (a registered charity), after founding the UK Company and working there until 1999.

As I see the Company move from strength to strength under the Directorship of Andy Watson, I also reflect with gratitude and amazement at the many people who have committed so much talent, service, passion and creativity to the important work of using drama as a medium for promoting positive change in individuals, in institutions and in society. 

Would you like to be a part the story? There are many ways for you to be involved in our 30for30 campaign. You can donate £30, or what you can afford, by clicking here, or you can join our team of fundraisers and support our projects by entering your own personal challenge and making Geese your charity of choice. To get involved, please email 30for30@geese.co.uk

Annual Highlights 16/17

Kerry Reidy Comments

Our Annual Highlights for 2016/17 have arrived!  See below for information about our recent work in secure settings, catch up on what our wonderful community ensemble, Staging Recovery, have been doing and learn about our new performances for staff training conferences, exploring vulnerability for a variety of staff teams.

Staging Rehabilitation:  A Masterclass with Geese and Clean Break

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We are delighted to be teaming up with our friends Clean Break to deliver another joint masterclass for theatre artists and criminal justice professionals interested in the specialised field of arts in the criminal justice system.

This exciting opportunity to train with two of the leading organisations in theatre and criminal justice will be co-facilitated by our CEO/ Artistic Director, Andy Watson and Clean Break's Head of Education, Anna Herrmann

Date:  01 November 2017

Time:  10am - 4.30pm

Venue:  The Lowry, Salford

Cost:  £55-£85 (bursaries available)

For more information and details of how to book, click here