Genie In The Gutter is celebrating its tenth anniversary by taking over the Philharmonic Hall on Friday September 7th 2018, as for one night only they produce and star in One Man’s Story, their first ever fundraising musical production.
The charity, which helps people suffering from addiction, mental health problems and homelessness into recovery through the creative arts, will be employing service users as actors and stagehands in the production, alongside a number of theatre veterans.
Based in Liverpool city centre, Genie In The Gutter was founded in 2008 by social entrepreneur Carolyn Edwards, and helps over 150 service users per year to recover, reclaim their lives, and reach their potential.
The charity’s impact, which sees it benefit the region’s economy by reducing the strain on the NHS, law enforcement and government services, has helped it garner multiple awards, including the prestigious Mayor’s Award for Social Innovation. For every £1 spent at Genie In The Gutter, £27 is saved to the public purse.
Despite its success, Genie In The Gutter’s funding was cut by 90% in 2016, and it is now aiming to raise funds with this production so that its doors can remain open to those who need the service the most.