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FALLEN ANGELS NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2015

At Fallen Angels there is definitely spring in the air.. There is a renewed sense of purpose as groups prepare performances, we have 3 groups running weekly Cheshire, Liverpool (Risen) and Wigan (Expression).
 
We started a year on high.. Just when we wondered how we could improve on such an amazing year? We had a mind blowing article in NY online magazine if you haven't seen it yet here is the link  

 
Fallen Angels Dance Theatre Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd April 6-8pm. An informal evening of sharing, performing and networking. If you would like any further information contact:  claire@fallenangelsdancetheatre.co.uk


 
House of Commons
 
Paul was recently invited to the House of Commons to take part in a panel discussion at the parliamentary launch of Recovery Stories where his story is featured. A book of 11 people’s real-life stories of recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. You can read more about the book here
 
"It was a real honour to be invited by Addaction to share my story in a place so steeped with history, I'm forever surprised where Fallen Angels get invited. The stories we have to tell from our community make such an impact" Paul
 
The book was created to address the lack of visible recovery role models, and the lack of visibility of recovery in our society. The 11 different first-hand accounts demonstrate how addiction can affect people from all walks of life and how – though there is no single route into recovery – with the right support, recovery is possible for everyone.
 
All participants bravely told their stories to award-winning campaigner Kate Jopling, who wrote the book, while Mitch Winehouse wrote the foreword. The book was published by the Waterside Press in conjunction with Addaction.
 
David Burrowes MP sponsored and introduced the event, Mitch Winehouse spoke passionately about his work with people in recovery through the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Paul spoke about his recovery story and Fallen Angels Dance Theatre alongside David Ryan from Emerging Futures who spoke about working in the criminal justice system and providing support for people.

 
Expression
 
Fallen Angels are delighted to be supporting the development of a new recovery group in Wigan called Expression. Expression is a peer led group of people from Wigan and Leigh who have been affected by addiction.
 
The group meet weekly at ALRA in Wigan to explore their recovery journeys through dance theatre with the support of Fallen Angels Dance Theatre. They are developing personal skills and abilities to enable the group to be sustainable, reach out, showcase and share their activities with the wider community.
 
They are currently funded by Wigan and Leigh Partnership, and WLCT.

 
Here is what one Expression group member has to say”
 
"Expression has given me the opportunity to push me out of my comfort zone, as a person in long term recovery I don't want to get stuck in the same place for the rest of my life. I think it's important that everyone tries to broaden their horizons, I've met new friends and laughed until my belly has ached. Expression has given me more confidence and reminds me that it's not all about me."
 
If you are in recovery, based in Wigan and Leigh and are interested in taking part, please get in touch the group are really friendly and welcome new members!

 

A visit from a Canadian MA student:

 

On March 16-17, I spent two days with Fallen Angels for my research project in Theatre and Social Exclusion for my MA in Applied Theatre. Being a Canadian studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, I was spellbound when  Zoe Zontou, one of our visiting lecturers, gave us an afternoon of insight into the visceral recovery work the company does.  What struck a deep cord that day was the idea that the act of witnessing stories through dance theatre adds authenticity, depth and connection to the recovery process while potentially reconfiguring cultural stereotypes of addiction.

 

I followed up with Zoe and she got me in contact with Paul, the artistic director. Before I knew it, I was on a train to Liverpool, and then on to Chester to meet the Monday group. Warm tea and warm hugs greeted me - it was like being at a kitchen gathering at home in Nova Scotia! After this informal check in, we quickly got down to business. Some of the group had been there for a few months, others only a few weeks, but it was apparent how much this work meant to them - dancing and being with others who wanted to dance. The emphasis was on moving in a way that felt good tempered with encouragement and the keen outside eye of both Claire and Paul planting seeds of performativity. The unity and support of the group was palpable.

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