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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.

DONATE HERE!

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 rosie@geese.co.uk 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

Give Geese This Christmas!

Keshena Bowie

Today we are launching our first ever Christmas campaign, aimed at supporting our work with vulnerable people in the community. Geese have been working in partnership with community organisations throughout 2015, delivering workshops and residencies with people who are homeless, people who are in recovery from substance misuse and women who have multiple and complex needs.

We need your help to continue this work in 2016. Please click here to read more about the campaign and how to donate. Also, thanks to Paypal and #givingtuesday, every donation of £5 or more made through Virgin Money Giving on 1-8 December using PayPal, will receive an extra 1% for the campaign!

‘For me the last two weeks have been inspirational. What a fantastic company of people, to give us an opportunity to have a voice and let go of the labels… It’s been great!’ Andy, Participant from Reach out Recovery, July 2015 

A donation to our Christmas campaign would make an excellent alternative Christmas present or Secret Santa gift. 

'Since I’ve been doing Geese my self esteem has grown like I had never dreamed. Geese is bringing out the best in me. I’m not one to talk out, but I feel I can as I enjoy it so much, it’s a warm and happy lesson that I’m enjoying, with a great group of ladies. I’m so happy that I’ve had the chance to take part. Thank you. Shame it’s only for 10 weeks' Participant on Forward women's course

Our drama and theatre techniques empower individuals to explore their own stories, develop new skills and make choices for positive change. Every penny raised will be used to continue our work with some of the most marginalised people in our community.

For more information about our work and how you can help, please visit our supporters page.

To Give Geese This Christmas, CLICK HERE

Another amazing performance from Team Geese!

Keshena Bowie

Our amazing team of speedy fundraisers, Team Geese, hit the streets of Birmingham once again in October. This was the third year we have entered the Great Birmingham Run to raise funds for our local community work and it was the first for our Artistic Director, Andy!

Not only did a number of people achieve their personal best but the team smashed their fundraising target for the third year in a row, raising an incredible £3941.

A massive thank you to all who took part and the people who sponsored them - every penny goes toward our Birmingham projects. There is a rumour that the team will be attempting the Wolf Run for 2016. If you would like to join the pack, please contact ros@geese.co.uk