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The Art of Recovery Symposium at mac Birmingham

Keshena Bowie

Geese is turning 30 and as part of a series of special events,  we will be hosting The Art of Recovery - a symposium exploring the value of the arts in recovery - at the Hexagon Theatre, mac Birmingham on 09 May 2018.

The Art of Recovery

Wednesday 09 May 2018 - 1:15pm to 4:00pm

Venue: Hexagon Theatre, mac Birmingham

What is the value of the arts for people in recovery? What do people in recovery contribute to the arts? 

1:30pm - Geese Theatre Company's community ensemble, Staging Recovery, will start the symposium with a performance, followed by a Q&A with the cast
2:15pm - break
2:30pm - Paul Bayes Kitcher will introduce the work of Fallen Angels Dance Theatre
2:50pm - in discussion with a Staging Recovery ensemble member
3:00pm - panel discussion exploring the value of arts for people in recovery, and what people in recovery can contribute to the arts. Confirmed panel: Paul Bayes Kitcher(Fallen Angels Dance Theatre), Andy Watson (Geese Theatre Company), Carly Jones(SIFA Fireside) and Vicky Price (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre)

This is a free event but with limited capacity, so we advise you reserve your place now by clicking here.  When booking tickets, there will be an opportunity to submit a question for the panel.

Panel Members

Paul Bayes Kitcher 
Artistic Director,
Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Previously a dancer for Scottish Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, in 2011 Paul founded Fallen Angels Dance Theatre. Paul delivers participatory projects within addiction/recovery rehabilitation, community settings and criminal justice settings. 

Vicky Price
Associate Director,
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Vicky began her career at The Birmingham Rep and moved to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in 2009 where she is now Associate Director of Development and Communications.  The Grand are currently working in partnership with Geese and the Haven, Wolverhampton, delivering a creative project with women who have experience of domestic abuse.

Andy Watson
CEO, 
Geese Theatre Company

Andy joined Geese Theatre Company in 1997 and became Artistic Director in 2003. He is the current Vice-Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and sits on the Women's Prison Estate Advisory Group. Andy received an MBE for services to the arts in Criminal Justice in the 2018 New Year's Honours. 

Carly Jones
CEO,
SIFA Fireside

Carly has more than twelve years’ experience in the voluntary sector at local, national and international organisations that support some of society’s most marginalised groups. She is currently CEO at SIFA Fireside which assists homeless and vulnerably housed adults in Birmingham.

Clark’s Story

Keshena Bowie

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

Staging Rehabilitation:  A Masterclass with Geese and Clean Break

Keshena Bowie

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

Geese is Turning 30!

Keshena Bowie

On Saturday 10th June Geese Theatre Company reached a landmark anniversary: 30 years since the company's first rehearsal. Clark Baim, one of the founding company members and now on our Board of Trustees, shares this memory and attempts to name-check all past and present company members:

It’s throwback Saturday, friends: Celebrating 30 years 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.

Huge credit and applause to the many people who have served in the Company over the past thirty years, including Ros Adams (current company member), Daniel Anderson (current), Mark Ball, Matthew Britton, Irene Brown, Liz Brown (current), Sally Brookes (former Director), Joe Butler, Simon Casson, Helen Cave-Smith, Andrea Cifuentes-Poseck (current), Vivienne Cole, Helen Couzens (current), Adrian Dakers, Hilary Dawson, Sue Deedigan, Alex Dower, Charlotte Drew, Katy Emck, Jackie Evans, Mark Farrall, Gavin Ferris, Bryan Foster, Camilla Gibbs, Yvonne Gregory, Katie Greenwood, Mario Guarnieri, Rosie Gunn, Kenneth Guy, Sandra Hall, Ryan Hamilton, Saul Hewish (founder member, former Director), Louise Heywood (current Director of Programmes), Victoria Lee, Mark Londesborough, Andy Marshall, Wendy Meakes, Tom Mellor, Stephen Morris, Una Morton (founder member), Alun Mountford, Jon Nicholas, Nena Nwankwo, Alison O’Connor, Daniel Pearce (current), Ian Pringle, Juliet Raynsford, Kerry Reidy (current), Mark Robinson, Simon Ruding (former Director), Rhiannon Sawyer, Emma Smallman (current), Tanya Smith, Shannon Smy (founder member), David Snook (current), Dominic Somers, Paul Stevens, Karen Sweeney, Jez Thomas, Patrick Tidmarsh (founder member), Ken Walker (founder member), Paul Wallis, Jon Watson, Lizzie Watt, Kerrie Williamson and Sarah Woodland. (I hope I haven’t left anyone out!)

Huge thanks also go to John Bergman for his inspiration and creative vision in starting Geese Theatre USA in 1980 in Iowa (later Chicago and New Hampshire) and for his ensuing work with the UK Company through the 1990s. Enormous thanks also to the dozens of ensemble members of Geese Theatre USA, who from 1980 to 1989 forged the basis of much of what was to follow. Thanks especially to USA company members Mike Bael, Dan Brown, Gift Harris, Shaun Landry, Ian Mackinnon, Jill Reinier, Scott Stevens, Ellen Stoneking, Tom Swift, Keith Whipple and the many other former members of Geese Theatre USA. Onward for another thirty!

Look out for details of our 30th anniversary events, coming up in the next few months.  To support Geese Theatre Company, please email development@geese.co.uk or click here to sponsor a mask

Geese Workshop at Koestler Exhibition

Keshena Bowie

As part of Koestler Trust's Beyond the Door exhibition at Midland Arts Centre, we will be delivering a free workshop on Friday 03 March 2017.

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 info@geese.co.uk