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Stay at Birmingham REP

Geese and Birmingham REP are providing a very rare opportunity to see our work in a public setting. On Monday 09 June 2014 we will be performing Stay at The Door, Birmingham REP at 8pm.

Developed specifically for perpetrators of domestic abuse and often delivered as part of Probation Trusts' Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme, Stay follows a couple and their child as they move in to their new home and we witness the effect of the man's controlling behaviour, emotional abuse and physical violence.  The performance provides a challenging insight in to one man's cycle of abuse, the attitudes and beliefs that support it and the impact his behaviours have on those around him.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with Andy Watson, Artistic Director and Louise Heywood, Deputy Artistic Director.

This is a one-night-only opportunity to experience the often hidden theatre work of Geese. Tickets are available from the REP box office.

"Stimulating, thought provoking, fabulous, powerful, well presented and psychologically convincing" - Audience member

West Midlands Police Diamond Awards

Geese Theatre Company has been nominated at the West Midlands Police Diamond Awards for training developed in close collaboration with WMP Learning and Development Team in the category of 'Creativity and Innovation'.

At the end of 2013, we devised and developed a performance for Operation Sentinel, a training programme for supervisors aimed at enhancing the service provided by West Midlands Police to vulnerable victims.

We delivered the performance 20 times at Tally Ho training centre to a total of 947 Sergeants and Inspectors and we are thrilled that the training is being recognised as contributing to making the West Midlands a safer place to live, work and visit

Team Geese Needs You!

Do you fancy setting yourself a physical challenge and raising money to help fund Geese projects with some of the most vulnerable people in society? 

Team Geese consists of company members, trustees and very special friends and family of Geese who will, once again, be lacing up their running shoes for this year's Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 19 October 2014 and this year, we want an even bigger team to see if we can surpass our amazing total from 2013.

Each member of the team will receive a free entry to the event, a brilliant 'Team Geese' running vest, plenty of motivational encouragement along the way and opportunities to join the company at other Geese events and performances. 

If you are interested in joining Team Geese, please contact kerry@geese.co.uk

Projects Projects Projects...

The last couple of months at Geese have been incredibly busy with amazing projects taking place in a wide variety of contexts. Some of the highlights include:

  • the first of two five week creative projects in the Drug Recovery unit at HMP Hewell
  • the beginning of our new community project for women, forward, which is being delivered in partnership with Anawim Women's Centre
  • a project working with prolific offenders in partnership with Hertfordshire Probation Trust
  • a highly succesful trip to Brisbane, Australia, in which we delivered training, masterclasses, performances and keynotes in our work and methodology

March doesn't look any quieter!

The Other Side of the Wall Training March 2014

Due to a couple of late cancellations, we still have spaces available on our three day training course The Other Side of the Wall, which takes places at Geese HQ in Birmingham 24 - 26 March 2014.

The course invites participants to experience and practice a variety of theatre and drama-based methods for use in groupwork, exploring the basic principles behind the company's use of drama with offenders.

For more information, visit our website or email info@geese.co.uk

"It is the best training course I have accessed for some time. Excellent level of skill. Brilliant." Participant

Write to be Heard Practice Events

Geese practitioners will be co-delivering workshops exploring the role of creative writing with offenders as part of two Write to be Heard Practice Sharing events in March.

Write to be Heard was a NOMS funded arts and education project which saw National Prison Radio, Arts Alliance, Geese and 10 writers collaborate to deliver 28 workshops in prisons across the UK.

Details: March 6th, London / March 12th, Manchester

Both events are free but you will need to contact the Arts Alliance to reserve place.

"When I first came to prison I lost all my confidence and self-esteem. Going on the course helped me a lot and now I`m starting to write short stories and poems. I’ve never done anything like that before." - Participant on WTBH workshop

Next Free Information Session

Our next free Information Session will take place at Geese HQ in Birmingham on Friday 09 May 2014.  Visit our website for details of how to reserve a place.

Also, watch this space for details of online webinars and Q&A sessions coming later in 2014!

Creative Apprentice Opportunity

As part of a consortium administered by Creative Alliance, Geese are offering a paid apprenticeship opportunity to assist in the administrative departments of the company.

To be eligible to apply for the post of Communications Assistant, you must be between 18 and 24 years of age and not in education or employment. The role will also support a candidate studying towards a Level 3 Diploma in Community Arts Management. 

Further details and information about how to apply will be released in April and we hope to have a candidate in post by July.  For further information about this and other arts and culture opportunities for young people in Birmingham, please visit the Creative Alliance website.

Clean Break Vacancy

Our friends at Clean Break in London are currently recruiting for a Development Manager specialising in Statutory Funding and Commissioning.  Please visit their website for further details.