Read and play an extract of our story

March 21, 2022 by

We are excited to share a short prototype extract of ‘A Rainbow for Amala’ – our interactive storybook developed as part of our Green Shoots project.

The experience is aimed at children aged 8-11 (Year 4,5 & 6 of Primary School) to read and play together with a grandparent or adult carer.

You can download the PDF of the book here.

You’ll need a smartphone with internet access and a QR scanner (most phones have these built into the camera these days) to play the experience.

As this is very much in development, we would love to hear your feedback on your experience of reading and playing ‘A Rainbow for Amala’. Please email with your responses, comments and questions.

Green Shoots Creative Team

January 27, 2022 by

Prototype Produced in January 2022 by

The Other Way Works

Created by

Katie Day – Director
John Sear – Game Designer & Software Developer
Sudha Bhuchar – Writer

Jim Rogers – Illustrator
Fateha Begum – Facilitator (School & Community)
Alex Kapila – Facilitator (Grandparents)
Tim Wright – Artist Mentor
Peter Wynne-Willson – Artist Mentor
Tricia Coleman – Producer

Bharti Patel – Voice of Nani Fatima
Zarah Hoq – Voice of Nafeesa
Daiyan Ahmed – Voice of Karim

Inspired by and created in collaboration with children from Regents Park Community Primary School, Small Heath, Birmingham.

Supported by

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with further support from Birmingham Hippodrome, Black Country Touring, BOM, CAP Centre Smethwick, Regents Park Community Primary School, Possible, and ecobirmingham.

Experience our interactive spy thriller from home in May-June 2021

May 17, 2021 by

‘A Moment of Madness’ is back! And this time you can experience it from your sofa…

As the press gather for a big announcement on the new environmental bill, a politician’s future hangs in the balance.

Thrust into the heart of a spy thriller, you’ll navigate the political scandal of the decade. Watching over a multi-storey car park, you must use every mode of surveillance to hunt down facts and intercept evidence. As agents of the state you will expose a complex network of corruption that threatens to destroy the UK’s path to environmental progress.

A Moment of Madness fuses compelling drama with real-time gameplay to create a visceral new live experience.

In a brand new format for 2021, audiences will take part online in teams of 2-4, taking active roles as MI5 agents from the comfort of their own homes.

Tickets are now on sale, and the show opens next week as part of the fantastic Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
And then another chance to catch it in a couple of weeks time when we’ll be presenting the show in association with Oxford’s own Zoom Theatre Pioneers Creation Theatre.
(You can play from anywhere in the UK remember – its online!)

Book: Tuesday 25th May – Thursday 27th May 2021: 2pm, 4pm, 7pm & 9pm

Book: Wednesday 9th June – Saturday 12th June 2021: 2pm, 4pm, 7pm & 9pm

A Norfolk & Norwich Festival commission. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by Unity Theatre Trust & Birmingham Open Media. Originally co-produced with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Flatpack Festival.

Photo:Electric Egg

The Other Way Works is #HereForCulture

April 2, 2021 by

We would like to recognise the support of £21,574 we have received from Arts Council England and DCMS’ Culture Recovery Fund (Round 2), covering the period April-June 2021. This funding allows us to continue operating at this very difficult time for theatre and the arts, by paying our small freelance artist and producing team to develop new projects that address some of the crucial issues of our current times: the climate emergency, and political corruption.

Online Afterlife Creative Memory Retreat Nov 2020

November 14, 2020 by

If you could take only one memory with you into eternity, which would it be?

One day creative retreat
Sat 28th November 2020 | 10 am- 5:30 pm
Online, from your own home

Let us guide you through a creative process of discovery, exploration, and celebration of your own amazing autobiographical memories.

A carefully curated programme of self-guided creative activities,
With 3 short live group zoom sessions at the start, middle & end of the day to share & reflect, lead by our team.

To register for a free place sign up at

Afterlife is a participatory project in development from The Other Way Works.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with Derby Theatre/University of Derby, and BOM (Birmingham Open Media).

Funding awarded for development work in 2020

March 10, 2020 by

We are pleased to announce that Afterlife has been awarded funding from Arts Council England (Project Grants) for development work on the project to take place in 2020.

Our focus will be on testing our creative ideas on groups of participants in the format of a participatory workshop exploring their own important memories.

We will also be looking to engage with memory scientists to explore the science of memory encoding and retrieval.

Climate leadership not climate denial

January 28, 2020 by

As a tediously conscientious Artistic Director of a theatre company, who receives the lion’s share of its income via Arts Council England’s Project Grants, I subscribed to ACE’s new podcast series “Creative Matters: The Art of Leadership” and gave them a listen. (What do you mean you haven’t heard them yet??!)

Episode 1 was nicely produced and provided some insight about relationships between CEOs and Board Chairs, and they’ve got that Kirsty Lang from the BBC presenting it. So far so good.

Episode 2 was where the problems started (listen from 24:30). It advertised itself as discussing “how organisations can demonstrate good leadership and governance in times of conflict and crisis.”

It featured a guy called Tim Crarer, Chair of Wiltshire Creative, who put forward his concept of good governance which involved taking sponsorship money from fossil fuel companies like BP. He also chucked in a factually incorrect statement about the effect of the RSC ending their BP sponsorship agreement on their cheap tickets for young people. His climate denying opinions went unchallenged in the discussion, and were agreed with by some. This is not my idea of good leadership in 2020.

To provide some context: this is a podcast released by the culture sector’s major funder, the distributor of state funding for art. It styles itself as providing best practice examples of cultural leadership. It is essentially an informal training aid endorsed by the state funder.

In ACE’s new ten year Strategy announced yesterday, Environmental Responsibility is one of their ‘Four Investment Principles’. Their desire is that “cultural organisations to act as leaders within their communities in terms of taking an environmentally responsible approach to running businesses and buildings”.

Tim Crarer’s comments couldn’t be further from ACE’s stated principles. So why are they endorsing his opinions by providing a platform for them?

Maybe you could argue that he’s just a bit out of step, its hard to raise money for the arts, issues that the public get wound up about are always changing – where do you draw the line about what is good money and what is bad money, and can’t you just take the bad money but do something good with it? He makes many of these points himself, check out the transcript.

What these positions ignore is the gravity of climate and ecological breakdown, its not just ‘another issue’, as ACE itself states in their new Strategy “The climate crisis and environmental degradation will be the most significant challenge facing all of us over the next decade and beyond.”

Fossil fuel companies like BP are not neutral players in this arena, far from it. Lobbying group BP or not BP highlights that BP has made the third biggest contribution to climate change of any company in history.

Art not Oil explains why fossil fuel companies pursue such sponsorship arrangements, and why these are so problematic:
“Oil companies cultivate arts and culture sponsorship relationships to help create a ‘social licence to operate’. This contributes to the veneer of legitimacy that enables them to keep expanding operations at a time of climate crisis and to stifle the demands for justice of those communities who live on the frontline of their destructive, polluting operations.”

In the light of the climate emergency the culture sector needs to stop using their social capital to launder the fossil fuel companies’ filthy reputations. And those who endorse the taking of this dirty money are engaging in a form of climate denial.

Its going to be a tough process to turn cultural organisations’ thinking around to dovetail with ACE’s new environmental principles, but the least you could expect is that they would lead from the front.

If you’d like to get involved with getting fossil fuel money out of culture, check out BP or not BP’s planned action at the British Museum on Saturday 8th February 2020.

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