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On 15th April 2016 the Risen Group had a performance celebration at The Brink in Liverpool.  Linda Lewis gives her thoughts on this successful event:

"Making my way from Liverpool Central Station, to The Brink, Liverpool, on Friday April 15th, I feel a frisson of excitement. A bevy of angels will be arriving there shortly and I can almost hear the gentle flurry of wings as I turn left into Parr Street."

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Photo Credit:  Claire Morris

Dates for the diary 2016:  

Cheshire Group: 
30 April - Ellesmere Port - 50th Twinning Anniversary Carnival
10th May - Wrexham Cais Summer Picnic 40th Year Celebration
June 10th - Time to Change - Tea Party in Chester

17th May - The Orchard in Salford - Performance Celebration 

22/23 June - Liverpool Tate - 'The Many Faces of Francis Bacon', a masked invasion of the Tate Liverpool’s hidden spaces with Hope Street:




Fallen Angel’s Academic Friend..

Dr Zoe Zontou is a trustee of Fallen Angels and our academic friend!! We thought it was about time you all knew about her wonderful work…..

Photo Credit:  Andrew Millar (captured during a research workshop on location in Liverpool)


Zoe Zontou is Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University. Her principal research interests lie in the field of socially engaged theatre with people in recovery from alcohol and drug dependency. Her research covers a wide range of topics, including autobiography in performance, addiction studies and cultural policy, which are examined through their relationship with socially engaged theatre. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in a number of organisations, and has published in the area of socially engaged theatre research and practice. Recently, she co-published with James Reynolds the book ‘Addiction and Performance’ (2014, Cambridge Scholars).

Her current research project Staging Addiction Recovery (SAR) is a four-year research project (2012-2016) that is conducted at Liverpool Hope University. The project seeks to investigate the role of socially engaged theatre in supporting problem drug users towards their journey to recovery. It aims to advance the findings of her previous research,[i] and to critically examine the relationship between participatory theatre, recovery from addiction in alcohol and other drugs and notions of wellness. In doing so, the project explores the work of Fallen Angels Dance Theatre Company. Zontou strongly believes that an alternative form of cultural representation is needed; one which aims to silence negative stereotypes, and instead provides a more realistic approach to addiction and recovery. Moreover, this form of representation will not only allow the personal stories of addiction and recovery to be told, but will also constitute a means through which they can be validated (Zontou, 2014). She maintains:

''I regard socially engaged theatre as a form of political activism, aimed at eradicating the stigmatisation and exclusion of people in recovery, and drawing attention to their capacity not only to overcome addiction, but also to become makers of culture… and hence makers of hope and agents of change''

[i] Zoe Zontou, ‘Applied Theatre as an “Alternative Substance”: Reflections from an Applied Theatre Project with People in Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Dependency’, The Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 2:3 (2011), pp. 303-315

Thank you to our Current funders:
Arts Council England,
People’s Health Trust, 
Lord Leverhulme Charitable Trust
Ernest Hecht Charitable Trust
Inspiring Healthy Lives
Acheive Salford 
Martin Geddes Trust
Proven Trust
Biskra Trust
Chester Soup Kitchen


Photo Credit:  Claire Morris
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