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 by visiting Current Work and Past Productions. 

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

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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