News: Support

Shay’s Story

Keshena Bowie

Shay has been a part of our community ensemble, Staging Recovery, for two years, having previously participated in a Geese project:

Adam, our drama teacher at Phoenix Futures, asked "who is interested in joining the upcoming Geese project ?" 10 of us volunteered, although we did not have a clue about what it would entail - "what`s Geese?" was the general reaction. Adam smiled and said "relax, just enjoy the experience". 

A few weeks later Emma, Liz, and Daniel arrived to begin the project, and after a day of ice breakers, role play and exploring a character behind the mask, I was already hooked on the Geese "experience". Fast forward 2 years and over that time I have had the privilege of being involved in Staging Recovery, rehearsing at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, doing workshops which included slapstick, mime, singing, stunt fighting, puppetry, dance and aerial rope stunts! All culminating in 2 full house performances at Birmingham Rep along with other performances at ACE dance, BVSC and Reach out Recovery. All this achieved by a guy who said "I don't do drama".

But in a short time I have discovered that drama can help increase my confidence, raise self esteem and self belief all while pushing my boundaries to the limit in a safe, positive, fun environment . So a big thanks to the whole Geese team but a special thanks to Andrea, Emma and Dan who have helped me achieve so many goals I never dreamed possible.               

 

Shay (in blue) performing at Birmingham REP, July 2017

Grow Your Tenner from Local Giving

Keshena Bowie

Exciting news!  For the next 24 hours, if you donate £10 for Geese projects in the West Midlands, Local Giving's Grow Your Tenner Campaign will match it!  That means your £10 will be £20 towards our vital projects with marginalised people in prisons, forensic mental health hospitals and community settings in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  Brilliant!  Do it here.

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

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!

Recent Participant at HMP Hewell raises funds for Geese Projects

Keshena Bowie

We recently worked with a group of men at HMP Hewell for a week, exploring personal wellbeing, and one participant was so inspired by the project that he has decided to raise funds to support Geese projects!  On Thursday 09 June, the newest member of Team Geese will run 20 miles on a treadmill at the prison gym and he has been collecting sponsorship at the prison for the last few weeks.

When asked why he wanted to help support Geese, he said

"because basically I enjoyed the Journeyman project and was impressed by the three guys delivering it, how down to earth they were. They were genuine, they wanted to help those on the project".

Now YOU can support and encourage the newest member of Team Geese by sponsoring his run and helping other vulnerable people to benefit from our programmes in the criminal justice system. Please show your support by clicking here