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.
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."
Exhale Book Launch
On 9th November, we held a launch event for a new anthology of poetry, prose and artwork by members of Stepping Out Theatre and Mind Your Music. The event followed on from a similar successful venture last year held online during lockdown for the first anthology from the same group 'You Always Were More Than Enough'.
Both anthologies are available and on sale from the Stepping Out office for a suggested donation of £10.
It is with great sadness that Stepping Out Theatre has learnt of the passing of John Nicholls. John's 'proper job' was as a musician, and here he is enjoying some time behind the drums. But he also moonlighted as a most reliable roadie and driver to Stepping Out Theatre, Theatre West and others, taking huge sets, and occasionally actors and crew, on epic journeys between Bristol, London, Brighton, Frome and Edinburgh to name just a few regular stops. John will be remembered for his gentle energy and unflappable calm under the stressful circumstances of touring theatre.
The funeral service for John will be held on Wednesday 14 April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, and live streamed via this link: https://www.obitus.com/
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In lieu of flowers John's family are accepting donations in his name for the 'angel people' at St Peter's Hospice.
The link for donations to them is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-nicholls-memorial
Stepping Out Theatre
26 Bradley Avenue
Bristol BS11 9SL
Registered Charity (CIO) 1179310 (since July 2018), Formerly Charity 1117912 (since February 2007)
m. 07790 980688