The Southside Group

How do I join?

Open to everyone aged 16+ The Southside Group particularly welcomes adults with learning difficulties.

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

If you, or someone you know, would like to be involved please email Pete and Catherine at

The Southside Group present

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:

Audience reaction

Well done everybody. Drama, intrigue, humour – you had it all! Looking forward to Part Two!

We both just plain loved it! That was brilliant theatre.

The Peabody Chronicles are great fun. Very inventive, credible and involving, laced throughout with humour, plus great music and clever titles.

A Brief History of the Group

The Southside Group project began in January 2020 as weekly live drama workshops particularly aimed at adults with learning disabilities.

The sessions took place at Queens Park Bowling Club, Glasgow and membership was steadily growing when the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Workshops were sadly cancelled as lockdown began.

In order to stay in touch with members The Occasion set up a private Facebook group sharing warmup exercises and info sheets, and then in April, with support from Foundation Scotland, we were able to start weekly sessions on Zoom.

As soon as possible we’ll move sessions back on to a face-to-face basis. But, for now, we’re having a lot of fun with online weekly sessions, each Thursday, from 6.30-7.30.

Supported by:

The Occasion Theatre
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