Stepping Out Theatre and Coronavirus Update

During 2020-21, we mounted four productions which were created, rehearsed and performed wholly online. For as long as physical meetings remained difficult because of the coronavirus emergency in 2021, Stepping Out continued to run a programme of online activities, workshops, rehearsals and productions serviced by our WhatsApp groups and Zoom meetings.

On June 9th, the group held its first physical meeting for almost 18 months, and the summer saw a series of outdoor social, theatre, food and film events. In August 2021, the group mounted three live physical theatre productions - two in London, and one in Bristol.

After a gruelling pandemic year and a half, we have a number of fully risk assessed, Covid safe activities and productions going forward for 2021-22.

We are back!

To know more about forthcoming activities and productions, please contact Steve Hennessy on 07790 980688.

A unique theatre company

Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with ninety four 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."

Next Show

'War Mad' Project

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The Stepping Out Theatre 'War Mad' Project (2nd May 2022 - March 2026)

An online reading of Natalya Vorozhbit's Bad Roads was the first of a series of Ukrainian plays to be read by Stepping Out Theatre in partnership with Worldwide Ukrainian Playreadings, the Playwrights Theatre of Kyiv and the Centre for International Theatre Development. In particular, we are building a partnership with the writers of the Playwrights Theatre of Kyiv, and four playwrights from the group joined us live on the evening of May 2nd.

Supporting art and culture in Ukraine is a vital strand in supporting their independence as a country. All monies raised through these events goes directly to theatre artists in Ukraine and the charities they nominate who are supporting the war effort.

Please consider supporting future events both online and staged in this initiative, which we will keep you updated about here.



2nd May 2022 - Bad Roads by Natalya Vorzhbit

30th May May 2022 - Seven Against Moscow

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02 May 2022 to 31 Mar 2026

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Doctor Semmelweis at the Bristol Old Vic and Meeting with Mark Rylance
Feb 2022

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Twenty members of our group watched Stepping Out Theatre Patron Mark Rylance perform in the title role of the Bristol Old Vic's brilliant production of 'Doctor Semmelweis' on Feb 7th. After the show Mark joined the group in the bar for a chat about the play. He is pictured here with Diversity Ambassador Charlie Ekpaloba and other members.

Stepping Out Theatre Partnership with SALVE International, Uganda
Dec 2021

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In November 2021, Stepping Out Theatre began a new partnership with SALVE International, a charity working with street children in Jinja, Uganda.

You can see more about SALVE's wonderful work, or on their website here -

Or take a look at their Youtube video here -

We are currently working with SALVE towards sending Stepping Out workers out to Uganda in 2022 to offer drama workshops to the young people they work with.

We also took part in the Big Give Xmas Challenge in December 2021 in support of SALVE International's work. With Big Give match funding and Gift Aid, Stepping Out members raised £2740 for SALVE. We were delighted to receive a personal thank you from our partner group in Uganda.

Our Xmas production this year will also be a dedicated fundraiser for SALVE, and we will be fundraising right up until Dec 19th, which is our Xmas show at the Alma Tavern Theatre as well as our Xmas dinner and social evening.

Our partnership with SALVE has energised charitable giving among our members. If you support Stepping Out Theatre, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO HELP THE WORK OF SALVE IN UGANDA!

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Stepping Out Theatre
26 Bradley Avenue
Bristol BS11 9SL

Registered Charity (CIO) 1179310 (since July 2018), Formerly Charity 1117912 (since February 2007)

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