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Geese sign up to More Than a Moment pledge

Keshena Bowie

We wrote a statement in June 2020 which shared reflections on our work in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement, and highlighted our responsibility to challenge intolerance, prejudice, and racism by taking action. Since then, we joined the discussions led by the More Than a Moment working group as they developed a pledge from the West Midlands arts sector "to take radical, bold, and immediate action, to dismantle the systems that have for too long kept Black artists and creatives from achieving their potential in the arts and cultural industries".

We, Geese Theatre Company, have signed up to this pledge to demonstrate our commitment to make real changes to the systems in which we develop and deliver our work. We are hopeful that by working together, the West Midlands arts sector can create safe creative spaces and opportunities for Black artists and can therefore "reflect and represent the UK of the 21st Century". 

As an organisation with a core belief that the arts should be 'recognised as a powerful vehicle for individual and social change', we must prove ourselves right by taking action now.

If you've not read the pledge yet, please download a copy here. Find out more about the pledge and the working group here.

We look forward to working with other organisations who are signed up, and with the working group, and will keep you posted on the actions/changes we are making as an organisation via our newsletter (sign up here) and on social media.

We acknowledge and thank all of the Black Creative Workforce for their time, honesty and emotional labour in contributing to the process that led to the co-creation of the Pledge, and to the Radically Listening research that underpins it.

‘Wetlands’: a film about the perception of homelessness

Keshena Bowie

Reel Access & their homelessness-affected filmmakers are hoping to make the invisible visible by bringing homeless drama 'Wetlands' from page to screen & challenging how society views homelessness.

Some members of our Staging Recovery ensemble have been involved with this project, and we think it's a cause worth supporting.

You can find out more and support the Crowdfunder here.

Best of luck to the Reel Access team - we will keep our fingers crossed your campaign is successful!

New Year Honour for our CEO

Keshena Bowie

We are pleased to announce that our Artistic Director and CEO, Andy Watson, has received an MBE for services to the Arts in the Criminal Justice System, in the New Year Honours List, 2018.

Andy said 'This is a wonderful honour for the company, during our 30th year, and we are delighted that the sector is receiving such recognition.  Everyone at Geese looks forward to delivering more life-changing theatre in 2018'

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A Commissioners Guide to Arts in Criminal Justice Settings

Keshena Bowie

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance have put together a guide that provides those people with responsibility for supporting the education, health, well-being and resttlement of individuals within the criminal justice system with clear information on the role arts can play in supporting their objectives. Geese are included the Arts, Culture and Innovation in Criminal Justice Settings Guide for Commissioners, with a case study of our recent NOMS-commissioned work with prisoners vulnerable to self-harm and suicide.

Drawing on further case studies and research evidence, the guide aims to provide practical information and ideas for arts interventions and details of how to identify providers and activities that best match the needs of the commissioning organisation.