Outside Edge Theatre Company

Outside Edge Theatre Company

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Substance misuse

Other details

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Outside Edge Theatre Company is the UK’s only theatre company and participatory arts charity focused on addiction. Based in Tower Hamlets, our free peer-led drama workshops provide a unique arts-based approach to maintain recovery from substance misuse. OETC’s specially trained staff facilitate workshops that enable participants to maximise their emotional wellbeing, improve physical health and increase confidence and self-esteem, whilst producing awareness raising theatre productions.

In 2020/21 we supported 359 vulnerable adults across London and further afield with complex needs, which in addition to substance misuse include mental ill health, criminal justice system contact and homelessness. Through engaging in weekly arts-based activities and via Pastoral Care and Wraparound Support, we help people to build Recovery Capital so they can live happier, healthier lives, free from harmful behaviours. Last year, 97% of service users said that we supported their recovery.

For more information on our impact, please see our service users talk about our work with them on BBC One's Sunday Morning Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuM_f6T9OxU

We were awarded the 2021 Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance Award for co-producing our offer with service users, the 2020 Mayor of London's Volunteering Award for Delivering Differently during the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2020 Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Arts, Health and Wellbeing Project.


Outside Edge currently offer 12 weekly workshops:

  • West London Drop-in Drama (intro to improv)
  • East London Drop-in Drama (intro to improv)
  • South London Drop-in Drama (intro to improv)
  • Women’s Drama Group (trauma-informed intro to drama)
  • West London Write Now (intro to script writing)
  • East London Write Now (intro to script writing)
  • Moving Recovery (intro to dance – in partnership with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre)
  • Theatre Club (trips to the theatre followed by Q&A with cast and creative team)
  • Edge Two (intermediate acting skills)
  • Write Two (intermediate script writing – in partnership with the Royal Court Theatre)
  • The Company (advanced performance skills)
  • Peer-led Check-in (recovery maintenance support)

Current opportunities

London (Central), E1 5HU

Outside Edge Theatre Company are seeking new Trustees who share our passion about changing lives through the power of theatre.