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Geese Deliver Joint Training with Clean Break

Keshena Bowie

We are delighted to be delivering a joint training workshop with our friends at Clean Break, in November.  Staging Rehabilitation is a masterclass for both theatre artists and criminal justice professionals interested in the specialised field of arts in the criminal justice system. The day will be an introduction to the work of both organisations and participants will learn about their different working practices, understand the principles and theory underpinning their work, and explore best practice in this field. The day will be participatory, and involve drama and theatre exercises, groupwork, discussion and a plenary session at the end.

The day will be led by Anna Herrmann, Head of Education at Clean Break and Andy Watson, Artistic Director of Geese.

Friday 11 November, 10am



For more information and to book your place, please click here

Team Geese in the Great Birmingham Run 2016

Keshena Bowie

Our amazing team of runners are hitting the streets once more for the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 16 October.  Please show your support and give what you can!  Every penny goes towards our life-changing projects with vulnerable and marginalised groups.  DONATE HERE!

Team Geese consists of company members, Board members, family and very special friends of Geese Theatre Company.  Formed in 2013, their first challenge was the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, sharing training tips, nutrition and playlists throughout the tough 12 week run up to the big day and raising over £2500 for local Geese projects.  This was then generously matched by Arts Council England's Catalyst funding and, with Gift Aid, totalled over £5300!

By October 2015, the team had almost doubled and 20 runners hit the streets for another 13.1 miles, smashing their fundraising target, once again!  

Training is in full swing for the 2016 Morrisons Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 16 October.  Company members who are not running are littered throughout the streets cheering the team on and honking their horns and we all meet up after every runner has returned, for celebratory drinks.  If you are on the streets of Birmingham on Sunday 16 October, you can spot the team by looking for their fetching 'Team Geese' running vests!

"Our work involves encouraging people to challenge themselves, to have belief that they can do something that they’ve never done before, to set themselves goals, and to think about how they perceive themselves and how others perceive them. The half marathon is my own personal challenge – I find the training hard but I love how it makes me feel when I’ve completed a long(ish) run;  I have set myself a goal which is about achieving a particular time; and most of all I love that “being a runner” (albeit a slow one!) is now a part of my identity."   Our Artistic Director, Andy, is entering for the second year.  

Please show your support and give what you can.  You just might change a life!  DONATE NOW!

Each runner gives so much time and energy over the 12 weeks of training, to raise funds for our life-changing projects.  Funds raised in previous years have contributed to our community projects, working with some of our most vulnerable and marginalised groups and every penny really does help.


Staging Recovery to perform at the REP

Keshena Bowie

We are excited to announce that our ensemble from the recovery community in Birmingham have created their own piece, which they will be performing at The REP in Birmingham on Friday 22 July at 1pm.  

Staging Recovery consists of people from a variety of different recovery agencies across the city and at various stages in their recovery journey.  Generously funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Geese Theatre Company and the ensemble have been working together since early May 2016, exploring stories and experiences through creative writing, theatre, film and movement and they will use all of their new skills to produce and perform their own piece for an invited audience from across the recovery community.  Although some participants performed at The REP as part of the pilot project in 2015, for others this will be their first experience of performing to an audience and on such a high profile stage.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s, Sharing the Stage project, aims to ‘bring about long-term improvements in wellbeing, particularly for the most vulnerable, by creating connections across boundaries that deliver social, cultural and environmental value’.  Sharing the Stage aspires to bring participatory arts in to the mainstream, demonstrating its value both for individual participants and wider communities.

For more information about the event or to book your seat, please email or call 0121 4496222

Look Beyond at Broadacre House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Keshena Bowie

Our one-day training course, Look Beyond:  An introduction to the work of Geese Theatre Company, will be running at Broadacre House, Newcastle upon Tyne on 23 February 2016

Look Beyond is a unique opportunity to train with Geese's Artistic Director and gain an insight in to our work, focusing particularly on the use of theatre and drama in Criminal Justice settings.  Participants will have an opportunity to experience Geese's methodology and explore some of the theories which underpin the company's practice. In more detail the course will explore:

  • the history and context of Geese's work
  • the theories which support the methodology
  • exercises and theatre structures to explore particular themes / issues
  • the use of character and small-scale performance in groupwork settings
  • Geese's trademark use of mask

In addition there will be plenty of opportunities for individuals to ask specific questions about their particular area of interest.

“An inspiring, invigorating course that has refreshed my practice, given me a chance to explore a range of work in a creative, exciting and insightful way. This course is a must for practitioners working Criminal Justice settings and with hard to reach groups.”

“An outstanding learning experience with real practical application. Excellent delivery and facilitation.”  Recent training course participants

For more information and to book, please click here