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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 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

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