Over the years, Side By Side Theatre Company has achieved many awards for their unique and original performances. We have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, each time achieving excellent reviews. Our dedicated cast and crew produce amazing shows that bring us wide acclaim.
With a take on another Shakespeare play 'As You Like It', Side by Side performed to enthusiastic audiences in their annual production in Stourbidge followed by a week at the Edinburgh Fringe: "Side by Side sweep away our preconceptions and reclaim Shakespeare for us all” (Edinburgh Fringe review).
In 2014, the company continued its aim of challenging perceptions of learning difficulties, by creating Illyria on Sea, based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as its headline show. The play was performed at Stourbridge Town Hall and the Edinburgh Fringe to excellent reviews.
Susan Wallin, from Side By Side Theatre Company, was awarded the MBE in February, followed by an invite to the Queen's Garden Party in July as the company was awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntry Services (The MBE for volunteers). Please view the Halesowen News article marking this honour. A production of Prodigal Son was staged at Stourbridge Town Hall in June.
Founder and Artistic Director, Susan Wallin, was honoured as a Diamond Champion by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at St James’s Place in November 2012. The 2012 production, Dream On, was part of the Royal Shakespeare's Open Stages Project and the company performed a short extract from the play at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Dream On was also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2012.
Actors David Atkins and Mark Slater were awarded long service medals by NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association) for 15 years of service. Sarah Field, Judy Alcock, Theresa Byrne, Paul Taylor and Jason Hinchliffe, received medals for 10 years’ service.
In May 2011, we took our production, Who Is Pilgrim? to perform at the Prague Fringe Festival, where we were invited by the British Ambassador to the British Embassy. The season ended with performances at Stourbridge Town Hall in June 2011.
In March 2010, we won 5 awards in one weekend at the Dudley and Worcestershire Theatre Festivals.
We won 'Best Musical on The Fringe', for our production, The Bird, from 'Fringe Report'.
We had 5-star ratings at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for our production of Tempest in a Tea Cup.
We took our production, Worlds Apart, to Motala in Sweden.