Education & Community


Education and outreach work is central to all The Occasion's artistic activity and to the company’s engagement with artistic entitlement – for all sections of society – within the UK.


Recent projects:

Around the World in Eighty Days


Around the world in Eighty Days

A fast paced farce for the fleet of foot!

Based on the novel by Jules Verne; Produced in association with Blue Apple Theatre, Winchester.

A collaboration with Blue Apple, one of South-west England’s leading disability arts providers, Around The World In Eighty Days featured a cast of 35 people, 25 of whom had some degree of learning disability.

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The Time Machine

A community project loosely based on the novel by H.G.Wells

A series of inclusive performance workshops in Winchester. Working with over 50 people of all ages and abilities the sessions were held in collaboration with Theatre Royal Winchester, Winchester YMCA and the Performing Arts Dept. of the University of Winchester.

Encompassing drama games, chorus work, improvisation and movement the workshops provided an opportunity for people from different sectors of the community to work together in a fun, non-pressured environment.

All workshops were free of charge through support from the Arts Council of England and Winchester City Council. The Occasion are keen to explore all opportunities with local groups to develop further initiatives in the future.

All photos by Neil Buchan-Grant


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General Information


The Occasion regards community outreach projects as having equal worth to professional touring productions and seeks to ensure that all work shares the same values and high production standards.

The main themes for this work are:

Promoting creative collaboration
Innovating by extending the boundaries of highly visual and physical theatre
Encouraging and facilitating social and personal development
Developing new and extant audiences

The Occasion uses drama to contribute to personal and social development and as a way for individuals and groups to explore and enjoy their own creativity.

Our programmes – for promoters, local authorities, education and independent groups – include:

The Occasion is fully committed to providing opportunities across all sections of society and will, whenever possible, respond to all requests for new activity.

All projects seek to demystify the process of creating theatre, to teach new skills and to involve all participants in all stages of the work, working to the fullness of all their abilities.

The Occasion is also currently looking to expand activity into new geographical areas. For any requests, or enquiries, for future projects please contact us at: info@theoccasiontheatre.com


History & Past Projects


Over the past twenty-five years The Occasion's joint Artistic Directors – Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard – have been involved in an eclectic range of education and outreach projects. These have included large-scale community performances, residencies, workshop programmes and discussion forums; have involved people of all ages and all abilities; encompassed work in community centres, colleges, schools, day centres, mental health projects, youth theatres & arts centres; and operated on both a national and international scale.

Major achievements have been:

Theatre as it should be – a communal, passionate, imaginative celebration of life in all its facets.

The Edinburgh Guide on Mayhem