Stepping Out Theatre and Coronavirus Update

In 2020, we mounted our first two productions which were created, rehearsed and performed wholly online. For as long as physical meetings remain difficult because of the coronavirus emergency in 2021, Stepping Out will continue to run a programme of online activities, workshops, rehearsals and productions serviced by our WhatsApp groups and Zoom meetings. To know more about these activities, please contact Steve Hennessy on 07790 980688.

A unique theatre company

Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with eighty three 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

Pump Girl

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A turbo charged race through the diesel fumes and country music of the Armagh badlands into the unspoken thoughts and darkest desires of three lives destined to collide.

Back by popular demand and live online for two nights only! Thursday May 20th and Friday May 21st 2021 at 7:30pm

'The staggering force of good storytelling'
New York Times

What our audience said

"Incredible to create so much tension using Zoom . . . A truly involving experience"

"I found it moving and powerful and strangely intimate. Inspiring"

"Gritty, gripping, funny and not a romanticised or sentimental view of the realities for many women but also men!"

"Very powerful and brilliantly acted, thank you"

"Captivating, moving and so relevant"

"This show is beautiful, and heartbreaking, and true"

"Absolutely heartbreakingly brilliant performances. Superb control. Such sensitive direction"

Stop Male Violence Against Women. Now.

When Stepping Out Theatre chose to make their first fully online production of 2021 Abbie Spallen's 'Pumpgirl', we did not know that our play would be opening in the middle of a huge wave of public anger about sexual violence towards women. Abbie has written of her own anger that, nearly 15 years on from the writing of this play, we are still only making painfully slow progress on this issue as a society. 15 years after it won awards and was staged for the first time in the UK and the US, Abbie Spallen's play is more relevant than ever. Huge acclaim for our production in March 2021 has prompted these extra performances.

[more details . . ]

20 May 2021 to 21 May 2021
*** LIVE ONLINE ***
CONTENT ADVISORY: Adult themes with mention of sexual violence. Recommended for 16/18 +.
7:30pm
£10 / £8 (Price = per device) FREE to those working in or using mental health services.
Tickets and links to the live performance, please email info@steppingouttheatre.co.uk

Latest News

John Nicholls
Mar 2021

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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/

Once you're on the website, please log in by typing in . .
username: rele7230
password: 470513
. . which will allow you to access the service.

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 and Coronavirus Update
Jan 2021

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In 2020, we mounted our first two productions which were created, rehearsed and performed wholly online. For as long as physical meetings remain difficult because of the coronavirus emergency in 2021, Stepping Out will continue to run a programme of online activities, workshops, rehearsals and productions serviced by our WhatsApp groups and Zoom meetings. To know more about these activities, please contact Steve Hennessy on 07790 980688.

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Contact

Stepping Out Theatre
26 Bradley Avenue
Shirehampton
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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