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Since 1987, Geese Theatre Company has been at the forefront of arts in criminal and social justice settings. The company is renowned for its ability to engage with some of the most disengaged populations within the prison system. We create innovative projects and performances, working with diverse participants with multiple and complex needs, improving wellbeing, rehabilitation and recovery.

Check out some of the significant highlights from our history below:


First performance

Geese’s first ever performance at Rolfe Street Probation Centre, West Midlands.


National Arts and Crime Conference

Geese hosts the national Arts and Crime Conference – including performances by Geese, Clean Break and Motionhouse, with a keynote address from Ian Benson, Chief Education Officer for HM Prison Service.


BBC Broadcast

‘Behind the Mask: a week in Risley prison with Geese Theatre Company’ is broadcast on BBC2.


Second European Conference on Theatre and Prisons

Geese co-hosts the Second European Conference on Theatre and Prisons at Manchester University with TiPP and the Unit for Arts and Offenders, with a keynote speech from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Judge Stephen Timmins.


Interactive Learning Bafta

Geese wins the first ever Interactive Learning BAFTA for a CD-ROM version of their prison performance Lifting the Weight.


Butler Trust Certificate

Geese awarded a Butler Trust Certificate for an innovative offending behaviour programme in partnership with HMP Maidstone.


First Publication Geese Theatre Handbook

First publication of the Geese Theatre Handbook by Waterside Press, which is now in its second edition.


Arts Council England

Geese invited to become an Arts Council “Regularly Funded Organisation” for the first time.



The British Council commission Geese to deliver a project exploring human trafficking in partnership with Theatre Tsvete in Bulgaria



The British Council commission Geese to deliver a project in a women’s prison in Baku, Azerbaijan, exploring human rights and the challenges of resettlement.


New premises

Geese moves to their current premises in Moseley from Midlands Arts Centre, which had been home to the company for 14 years.


A Look Inside

Geese host “A Look Inside – 21 years of innovative arts practice in Criminal Justice” attended by over 200 delegates


Royal Society for Public Health Arts & Health Award

Geese awarded the Royal Society for Public Health Arts & Health Award for their commitment to the mental wellbeing of people in prisons.


How Safe is your Sport?

Geese co-hosts the “How Safe is your Sport?” conference with Coventry Sports Foundation, supported by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit, showcasing a performance exploring safeguarding in sport, and attended by over 200 CEOs of sport governing bodies.


Royal Society for Public Health Arts & Health Award

Geese awarded the Royal Society for Public Health Arts & Health Award for a second time.



Geese invited to Brisbane, Australia by Griffith University to deliver a two-day masterclass, facilitate a series of workshops for students and present the keynote address at the inaugural Arts in Correction conference.


Staging Recovery

With initial funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Geese establishes the Staging Recovery ensemble. Ongoing support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Backstage Trust has enabled the ensemble to continue to create powerful and engaging performances.


MBE, Andy Watson

Andy Watson, Geese’s Artistic Director/CEO, is awarded an MBE for his Services to the Arts in the Criminal Justice System.


30 Years

Geese celebrates its 30th birthday with a series of public events exploring different aspects of the work, including Arts and Minds (their work in forensic mental health settings) and The Art of Recovery (their work in substance misuse and recovery).


South Africa

Geese invited to Cape Town, South Africa, to present a keynote address at a criminal justice conference, to work in the community and in Pollsmoor Prison.


Covid-19 Pandemic

As a result of the global pandemic, Geese moves a number of projects and performances online and develops two collaborative film projects with Staging Recovery, local community groups and prisons across the UK: “Reach In Out” and the follow-up “Reach In”. We are incredibly grateful to all those who supported us through this time.


South Africa Exchanges

Funded by the British Council, Geese embarks on a collaborative exchange with the University of Cape Town and Second Chance Theatre Company involving a series of reciprocal visits.


Department of Corrections, New South Wales, Australia

Geese are invited to deliver three-weeks of staff training in the use of theatre-based methods in offending behaviour programmes to teams from across New South Wales. The company also presents their domestic abuse performance, Stay, at a conference and delivers a keynote presentation at a large Arts in Corrections conference hosted by the Sydney Theatre Company in their Wharf Theatre.

Our Vision & Mission

What we are striving to achieve


To create safe, crime-free communities and for the arts to be recognised as a powerful vehicle for individual and social change.


To use theatre and drama to enable choice, personal responsibility and change, amongst individuals who have offended, other vulnerable or marginalised groups, and those who work with them.

Our Values

Our core values
shape everything we do


We support and encourage the notion of personal responsibility.

Belief in change

We uphold and promote a belief in the potential and possibility of individual change.


Every aspect of our work is grounded in robust evidence and theory to ensure the highest quality.

Artistic Excellence

We strive to develop and deliver theatre and drama practice of the highest quality to people and places with the least engagement in the arts.


We are continually developing new performances, projects and services for new audiences, offering alternative approaches to reducing offending.


We aim to create an ethos of collaboration and partnership, which values contributions from all members, employees, partners and service users in order that our work has the greatest impact.


Geese aims to treat all individuals with respect and to approach each other and those we work with in an inclusive and non-judgemental manner.

Meet the team

Our strong administrative team ensures the smooth running of all our projects and our delivery team consists of our practitioners, all of whom are actor-facilitators, supported by our Participation and Inclusion Manager. The company is governed by a seven-strong Board of Trustees.


Board Member


Board Member




Board Member




Board Member


Board Member


Participation and Inclusion Manager


Artistic Director / CEO




Senior Practitioner


Senior Practitioner

Liz A

Director of Finance and Operations

Liz B

Senior Practitioner


Director of Programmes


Director of Funding and Partnerships

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