The Southside Group

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

Coming Soon

‘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… Spanning a 30 year period ‘The Peabody Chronicles’ is a tale of many things!

Originally developed as part of The Occasion’s ‘This Fire’ programme, The Southside Group are now delighted – with funding from Creative Scotland and The Hugh Fraser Foundation – to bring the complete story to a screen near you.

Release will be in mid-August. More details will be provided soon.

Who we are

TSG currently is a company of 11 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 have remained there ever since. We very much hope that workshops can return on a face-to-face basis soon.

What we do

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.

What we’ve done (so far)

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 from Creative ScotlandFoundation ScotlandGlasgow LifeThe Hugh Fraser FoundationThe Lady Neville Charitable Trust.

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