A unique theatre company

Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with seventy 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."

Most Recent Show

Into The Light

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Once again, Stepping Out Theatre are celebrating the solstice! (Can it really be 22 years of creating theatre?)

In what has become an annual tradition, our members are showcasing their talent in an upbeat seasonal cabaret . . .

Comic monologues! sketches! songs! Dance! live music!

As a prelude to our Xmas dinner, this is a chance for members past, present and future to get together, socialise and be entertained.

Please come and join the celebration!

The cabaret will be followed by the Stepping Out Xmas dinner, open to all members and allies which is in the Baroque splendour of the Vanbrugh dining room at Kings Weston House.

Cabaret starts - 5.30 p.m. The Oak Room
Xmas Meal - 7.30 p.m.

Disco and dancing till late!

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21 Dec 2019
The Oak Room, Kings Weston House

Latest News

Steve Franks
Dec 2019

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In a year where Stepping Out Theatre have already suffered the loss of two longstanding group members, we are sad to announce that a third, Steve Franks passed away suddenly on Tuesday 3rd December after suffering a stroke at home that day.

'Stevie' as he liked to be known was one of our most active and enthusiastic members in recent years. He performed in 4 shows over the last two years, attended almost all of the workshops and theatre trips run by the group in that period, and came with us to Finland in 2018 and France in 2019. Stevie had been an enthusiastic participant in the series of workshops run by Holly Stoppit during November and December. His unexpected and very sudden death comes as a huge shock to his many friends in the group, and he will be hugely missed. Stevie's funeral will be

January 8th at 2.15 at Canford Crematorium, Westbury on Trym.

Ann Wilson
Jun 2019

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Ann Wilson, one of our best loved, and longest standing members who joined the group in 2001, and appeared on stage in 16 different productions over her 18 years with us, passed away peacefully at the BRI at the end of May.

Ann had been unwell for a long time and spent a large part of the last 9 months in and out of Hospital. She bore her illness with a lot of resilience and cheerfulness, and made a point of still getting along to group activities whenever she was well enough, including workshops back in April this year. She will be hugely missed.

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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)

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

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