A unique theatre company

Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with fifty seven productions to its credit, Stepping Out Theatre is the country's 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.

Mark Rylance, Patron

"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."

Most Recent Show

Spiders By Night

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A double bill of exciting new monologues.
Waiting for ISON
by Emma Stadon

In an attic, one man follows the course of the comet ISON, enthralled. As isolation starts to do strange things to his head and reality retreats he needs solace in some new found friends. A family of spiders.

by Katherine Melmore

A spider scuttles across the ceiling of a psychiatric ward. But minutes ago this spider was a young woman. As memories of her recent stay crowd in she wrestles with the fact that she's once again trapped, and wonders if this is a magical transformation or supernatural malice?

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05 Aug to 13 Aug 2016
theSpace @ Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh Fringe

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Free Drama Workshops
Aug 2016

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Want to explore your creativity in a safe and fun environment?

Our summer school drama workshop programme is open to people aged 16yrs and over who have experienced mental health issues, their carers and allies. No experience necessary. Travel expenses covered with bus / train ticket receipts.

WHEN -Tuesday evenings 6-8pm. From 2nd August - 6th September

WHERE -Tues 2nd - 9th August at St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, Bristol, BS2 9TJ.
16th August - 6th Sept at Gasworks Studio on 27 Narroways Road, Bristol, BS2 9XB.

CONTACT - Email Olivia Ware at olivia@steppingouttheatre.co.uk or phone 07843 210 272.

Workshops will be delivered by Viki Browne, an experienced performer and workshop leader who recently devised and performed an autographical piece about her own mental illness. She uses theatre to tackle complex and taboo issues in an informed and compassionate way. She is interested in exploring different methods including lighting, projection, text, humour, music, recognisable images from pop culture to say the unsayable.

Cinderella on Made In Bristol TV
Feb 2016

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Company members were filmed performing extracts and interviewed about our work during our latest production at the Alma Tavern Theatre.

Watch it here between 5:30 and 8:30

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Stepping Out Theatre
19 Webb Court, Park Road
Bristol BS11 0FH

Registered charity - 1117912

e. info@steppingouttheatre.co.uk
m. 07790 980688

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