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Press Release: Fallen Angels Dance Theatre collaborates with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Geese Theatre

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“Local people in recovery take the stage with dancers

from Birmingham Royal Ballet”


On Friday 14th September at 7.30pm in Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre presents a unique, one-off performance, which celebrates recovery from addiction. “Acts of Recovery” promises to be a powerful evening of dance theatre, inspired by real-life experiences.


This performance brings together a unique collaboration between Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Geese Theatre Company’s community ensemble ‘Staging Recovery’, and dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet, all charting personal journeys of discovery.


Fallen Angels Dance Theatre is based in North West England. Since 2009, the Company’s Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher, has brought together his experience as a classical dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and extensive work in movement and dance theatre, with people recovering from addiction. His productions provide a unique, emotive and thought-provoking experience. This year marks 20 years since Paul retired from BRB, where he danced for 8 years becoming a soloist, working with renowned choreographers such as Sir Kenneth McMillan. This production is made possible through the support of The Linbury Trust.


“When I was at Birmingham Royal Ballet I always loved to dance dramatic roles that really meant something about people’s lives. I am really excited to have this opportunity to bring together this amazing and versatile cast, to explore real-life stories of addiction and recovery. I hope to take the audience on a journey to witness the power that dance has to break stigma and transform peoples lives” Paul Bayes Kitcher


The performance also falls in the year Geese Theatre Company celebrate their 30th birthday, marking three decades of work with society’s most vulnerable and marginalised members. The Staging Recovery community ensemble, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, began as a creative outlet for people recovering from substance misuse but has now expanded to encompass a broader definition of recovery: from mental health issues and trauma, to experiences with criminal justice. The ensemble has performed at a variety of events and venues – audience members describe being captivated by “the commitment and honesty of the performers” and this event will be no exception.


“We are really looking forward to collaborating with Fallen Angels for a week long intensive project. Staging Recovery have previously gained a lot from Paul’s input and this opportunity will enable that relationship to flourish. We are excited to see what we will create. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the group to spread their wings and share the stage at the Hippodrome.” Emma Smallman


Tickets are £10 (£6 con) and available from: Birmingham Hippodrome here or by telephone on:   0844 338 5000

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About Fallen Angels Dance Theatre:

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre (FADT) exists to support people in recovery from addiction to transform their lives and share the recovery journey with the wider public, through dance, performance and creativity. FADT provide a structured pathway to enhance recovery through creative activities that are a powerful engagement tool to promote the well being and social inclusion of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.


Since 2014 FADT have performed at prestigious venues such as: The Lowry Salford Quays, and Royal Opera House London, and have performed at UK Recovery Walk annually since 2015. This year FADT met and performed for Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Duchess of Sussex at the official opening of Storyhouse in Chester where they are based.


About Geese Theatre:


Geese Theatre Company is a team of theatre practitioners who present interactive performances and facilitate drama-based group work with individuals who are at risk of offending or who have offended, other vulnerable or marginalized groups and those who work with them. The company works nationally and internationally using theatre and drama to enable choice, personal responsibility and change.



Photo credits:

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre - Michael Staff

Geese Theatre Company's Community Ensemble "Staging Recovery"

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