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The Southside Group in The Snow Queen

Live performance – Thursday 1 December & Friday 2 December 7.30pm

The Snow Queen

at Queen’s Park Govanhill Church, 170 Queen’s Drive, Glasgow, G42 8QZ (map link)

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The Southside Group bring Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic tale vibrantly to life. A story of the struggle between good and evil, of magic and love, of change. Featuring ice-skating and robbers, a woman who understands a little of magic, a street-wise Raven, a talking reindeer… and some strange advice!

“I loved this, have told plenty of people all about it and would thoroughly recommend you take your creatively critical eye and go and learn what it is like to emerge from lockdown with your art intact.”
– Donald Stewart, The Fringe Review (on The Southside Groups’ Peabody Chronicles)

The Southside Group was formed by The Occasion to increase opportunities for learning disabled adults to become actively involved in theatre. Since the group began in January 2020, shortly before the first Covid lockdown, TSG has produced several on-line works which can be seen here www.thesouthsidegoup.co.uk

The Snow Queen is the group’s first live, public performance.

If you’d like more information about this, or if you know someone who’d like to join The Southside Group, please drop us an email at info@theoccasiontheatre.com

If you can’t make the show but would like to support us, please consider making a donation to our Box-Office fund by clicking on the Donate button. All contributions make a difference and go back into our work.

Another Nice Mess 

Over the summer we’ve also been developing ideas for a brand new show with The Southside Group. 

Working with Glaswegian playwright, Stewart Ennis, we have taken inspiration from the return of Stan Laurel to Glasgow, with his partner Oliver Hardy, for a one-week run at The Empire, in June 1947.

Combining melodrama, farce and silent comedy, Another Nice Mess explores how the visit impacted the members of a local Southside Laurel and Hardy fan club.

A short work-in-progress showing for family and friends took place in July 2022. Response was fantastic! 

Full production is now scheduled for July 2023.

The Southside Group

Recent projects

The Snow Queen – filmed development scenes

In the run up to Christmas 2021, The Southside Group developed ideas based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of The Snow Queen. These will form the basis for a live performance in December 2022.

The majority of the work was filmed against green screen, with drawn backgrounds dropped in behind. To see where we’ve got to, go to www.thesouthsidegroup.co.uk

The Occasion gratefully acknowledges current funding from:
The RTR Foundation; Magic Little Grants; Arnold Clark; WM Mann; The Commonweal Fund; Glasgow Credit Union.

We are also extremely grateful for recent support from:
Creative Scotland; Glasgow Life; The Foyle Foundation; The Hugh Fraser Foundation; Bank of Scotland ‘Reach’ fund; Foundation Scotland; Bellahouston Bequest Fund; James T Howat; The Endrick Trust; The Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Trust.

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