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Three Day Training Course in Edinburgh

Keshena Bowie

The Other Side of the Wall: Theatre and Drama in Criminal Justice Settings

18th-20th March 2015, St Columba’s-by-the-Castle, Edinburgh

Geese Theatre Company has been at the forefront of arts based practice with people in the criminal justice system for the past twenty eight years. Following great success with training courses at its headquarters in Birmingham, we are now bringing a three-day training course to Scotland. The course is open to anyone who is interested in, or has experience of working with offenders and young people at risk of offending. The course is also recommended for students of Applied Theatre, Prison Theatre and associated studies.

Participants will be invited to experience and practice first-hand, a range of drama-based techniques for use in group work, with a focus on exploring some of the key principles behind Geese’s work with offenders. The sessions will be led by Geese’s Deputy Artistic Director, a leading practitioner in the field with over 21 years’ experience. For more information and to book at place, please email

Free Introductory Workshop at MAC

Keshena Bowie

2pm - 5pm, Friday 06 February 2015

The Foyle Studio, Midland Arts Centre

On Friday 06 February, we will be delivering a free workshop at Midland Arts Centre as part of the Koestler Trust exhibition Double Take.  

Behind the Mask is an introduction to the basic principles behind Geese’s work. Led by Deputy Artistic Director, Louise Heywood, the workshop will include a brief history and overview of the company’s methodology, a demonstration of drama-based groupwork techniques and an opportunity for questions. The workshop will be practical and experiential. Places are free of charge but must be reserved in advance by emailing

This workshop was previously advertised as our February 'Information Session' and any places reserved for this remain secured.  Please contact us if you have any queries.

The Return of Team Geese

Keshena Bowie

Team Geese consists of company members, Board members, family and very special friends of Geese Theatre Company.  Formed last year, their first challenge was the Bupa Great Birmingham Run 2013 and the team raised 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!

In addition to the great fundraising achievement, two Team Geese teams also placed first AND second in the Birmingham Business Challenge, small business, mixed teams category.  We think that makes us the fastest theatre company in the West Midlands but we welcome challengers.

This year the team has almost doubled and we are hoping to smash our times and our fundraising totals from last year.  Funds will not be matched this year so every £1 really will count and help Geese to deliver even more life-changing projects with some of the most vulnerable communities in Birmingham.

Geese Theatre Company is grateful for any support you can give at

Stay at Birmingham REP

Andy Watson

Last night we performed 'Stay' at Birmingham REP. 'Stay' was devised for work with male perpetrators of domestic abuse and this was the first time we have delivered it to a public audience, outside of a criminal justice context. A little bit of an experiment to see whether or not our work, which is devised for very specific audiences and settings, translates to other audiences without losing meaning and impact. The performance sold out, which tells us there is a demand for people keen to see our work. So far feedback from audience members has been very positive, with comments such as: 

Saw Stay at BirminghamRep last night. A fascinating insight into GeeseTheatre's work on domestic violence.

Uncomfortable, powerful, challenging and incredibly well done...

So worthwhile showing 'Stay.'  Unpleasant viewing but excellently done, helped develop my understanding.

Great to get a rare opportunity to see Geese Theatre doing their stuff last night. Inspiring.

Thank you for sharing some of your work with us last night. Very challenging and emotive.

Stay was simply amazing in so many ways. Well done @GeeseTheatre

It was engaging, challenging, emotive and inspiring and I think it translated very well to the public forum.

It was brilliant and though a desperate topic to cover, it was really enjoyable.

If you were in the audience last night we would love to know what you thought.