The Southside Group

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The Southside Group (TSG) is an exciting initiative designed to increase opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to become involved in theatre.

Open to everyone aged 18+, no previous drama experience is necessary! Just a desire to have fun, create, play, explore and meet new people.

Who we are

TSG currently is a company of 14 individuals, ranging in age from late teens to mid-fifties. Some are experienced performers; some are beginners. All contribute enormously, in their own ways, to the work of the group.

When we started

TSG first met in early February 2020 for a series of sessions at Queens Park Bowling Club, on Glasgow’s Southside. When Covid-19 restrictions kicked in, sessions moved on-line and we worked in this way for nearly two years. Over that time we created four filmed productions which you can watch below. 

What we do

We have recently gone back to face-to-face workshops and are working towards TSG’s first live performance – a work-in-progress showing of a brand new show, Another Nice Mess. TSG seeks to provide opportunities for its membership to become fully involved in the artistic process of creating theatre; to develop skills and to produce high quality work that resonates with the general public; to challenge, and re-define, perceptions of ability/ disability.

If you, or someone you know, would like to join The Southside Group, please contact Pete or Catherine via info@theoccasiontheatre.com

What we’ve done (so far)

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.

To see where we’ve got to, go to www.thesouthsidegroup.co.uk

The Snow Queen

The Peabody Chronicles

The complete story

Spanning a 30-year period, from 1887 to 1917, ‘The Peabody Chronicles’ is a tale of villainy, skulduggery, kidnap, heroism, war, love, heartbreak, revenge, injustice, come-uppance…

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 Peabody Chronicles

The Night Before Christmas

An online Christmas card to everyone

Based on Clement C. Moore’s iconic poem… featuring night caps, reindeer and beards, one Glasgow street waits excitedly for Christmas Day…

The Peabody Chronicles

The Southside Group’s first public performance online – The Peabody Chronicles.

This development piece was part of the overall This Fire programme, with support from Creative Scotland. We plan to develop it into a full length performance in 2021.

A melodramatic feast full of villainy, tragedy and heroic deeds. The year is 1917. With Philip Snr. away, fighting in the war, his penniless family confront their avaricious landlord, Lord Stroke. Suspicion, sensation, intrigue and humour combine.

To watch The Peabody Chronicles – Episode 1 please click below:

Thank you for all your patience and hard work. It was just superb. Everyone was fantastic.

- Parent of group member on ‘The Peabody Chronicles’

This was truly delightful, heartening and playfully and artfully played by the Southside Group! Nice going with these elegant boxes of sweet delights – better than Cadbury’s! Really fine job of direction, fitting all the individuals and the poem together. Loved it!

- Audience member on ‘The Night Before Christmas’

Just wanted to write and thank you for all your work with the Southside Group this year. I think what you have produced in both films has been brilliantly creative and great fun, especially given the challenges we’ve faced this year.

- Parent of group member

Supported by:

The Occasion gratefully acknowledges support of TSG, both present and past, from Localgiving and People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life, Foundation Scotland, Bank of Scotland Foundation, Foyle Foundation, The Lady Neville Charitable Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, Bellahouston Bequest Fund, James T. Howat Charitable Trust, The Endrick Trust and The W M Mann Foundation.

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