Stepping Out Theatre
(Mark Rylance with Project Co - ordinators Steve Hennessy and Ann Stiddard)
Photo; Michael Brydon
"The work Stepping Out Theatre is doing should be supported by all interested in a society that is healthy. Stepping Out understands and does not shy away from the possibility that theatre, the ancient art of these islands North West of Europe, is a transformative and healing activity which brings joy into people's lives. If you want to hear something true, go and hear what Stepping Out Theatre are saying. I only found myself in theatre, and I hear that Stepping Out is helping other people do the same. I have great hopes for this company and deep respect for what they are doing right now."
Mark Rylance (PATRON)
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Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with forty productions to its credit, Stepping Out Theatre is the countrys leading mental health theatre group. It has produced a wide range of work on mental health themes and is open to people who have used mental health services and their allies.
The group focuses on producing plays, but also runs drama, writing, dramatherapy, dance and music workshops. It offers mental health service users the opportunity to work alongside people with professional experience of writing, directing and acting, some of whom are service users themselves. Stepping Out Theatre is a registered charity.
(Registered Charity Number : 1117912)
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Our Next Production is;
Hermione Steel and the Island of Lost Minds
This production is dedicated to Gill Amphlett (1955 - 2012)
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A Unique Theatre Company
Stepping Out Theatre is run by a group of trustees which includes people who have used mental health services and people who have worked in mental health and the arts. Copies of our constitution, our latest accounts and Annual Report are available from the Stepping Out office and you can view them online through this website.
Typical feedback from mental health service users who have taken part in our productions includes:
"Stepping Out has done me more good than
all the doctors and all the tablets I ever took."
The Aims of the Group
1) To relieve the conditions of mental health service users through the medium of theatre.
2) To advance the education of the public about mental health in order to raise their awareness, by producing plays which deal with this issue and counter negative stereotypes of people with mental health problems.
3) To advance the education and training of mental health service
users and their allies to develop their creative talents, build supportive
networks and produce high quality theatre on mental health themes.
A Range of Work
The Company aims to bridge the gap between community theatre and the professional fringe. We produce three types of work;
* Large scale plays with mixed casts of service
users and experienced actors.
As well as full scale theatre productions, we can also provide;
* Shorter pieces as entertainment for conferences and social events. These can be tailored to suit an organisation's individual requirements.
* Training for mental health staff using roleplay.
Website last updated : June 6th, 2013
Registered Charity Number : 1117912