Outside In

Outside In provides a platform for artists who encounter significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance, or isolation.

It is an important and rare example of an organisation with national reach championing the work of artists excluded from the art world. It was formed in 2006 at Pallant House Gallery and won the Charity Award for Arts and Heritage in 2013 and the Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2022. It became an independent charity in 2017 and gained National Portfolio Organisation status with the Arts Council England in 2018.

Outside In provides a digital platform for its artists to show their work and three programmes of activity: artist development, exhibitions, and training. These activities, supported by fundraising and communications, all aim to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities, and influencing organisations.

The charity has developed its regional presence and now has hubs in the South of England, the Midlands and the North West with plans to develop a hub in the South West.


Hats Off for Bootsie welcomes their partners MESH theatre in the forthcoming joint production of The Terminus.

Adhering to the highest standards of professional theatre, MESH's critically-acclaimed, site-specific productions have been described as "not so much must-see shows as must-have experiences." (The Stage) 


Helps serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans, the 999 community and their families. Our life saving and life changing, one-to-one coaching is free and without limit.

Lucinda Howland

Worked for seven years abroad as a Ground Handling Agent for Caledonian Airways and started a riding school with horses she had rescued and rehabilitated.

Studied microbiology and biomedical sciences at UEL. Enjoyed competitive riding, National League Volleyball and sprinting.

Became permanently disabled in her early twenties through long term illness. Involved with theatre most of her life and currently studying for a Masters in neurodivergence and mental trauma.

Nigel Fair

Trained with the Royal Marines but opted for a career in the theatre, first as an actor and then as an opera singer.

Established a solo career at home and abroad, specialising in Verdi and incorporating music theatre. Reluctantly gave up singing due to ill-health.

Has developed an enduring passion to help people whose lives have fallen apart, and to help them realise their potential. Currently, writes and supports veterans through Hats Off for Bootsie, the charity he founded in 2015.

Rachael Odeniyi

A primary school teacher, currently working part-time as an intervention Maths specialist in schools, with an interest in reducing effects of Maths anxiety on learning.

Additionally, a Professional Development lead for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, training teachers and TA’s in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon region.

Previously a governor of a local infant school for eight years, five of which she was Chair. Until recently, Chair of Executive Committee for a local Scout group.

Ishmael Carboo

An Ex-Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the British Army with experience as a Combat Medical Technician and front-line Blood Transfusion Specialist in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Saw operational service in Afghanistan with 16 Close Support Medical Regiment.

Current Head Biomedical Scientist in Haematology & Blood Transfusion at a North London NHS hospital.

Robin Vickers

A retired Colonel in the British Army. Commissioned in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and saw operational service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Instrumental in delivering enhancements to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, improving remunerative benefits for military personnel and veterans injured in service. Bursar of Caldicott Boys’ Preparatory School.

Hayley Thompson

Shaun Johnson

Served eight years with a Royal Artillery Gun Regiment; deployed on two active tours in Northern Ireland and three years of Ceremonial Public Duties with a Mounted Regiment. Took up acting and theatre therapy with support from the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe after struggling with transition from the military.

Recent Credits include: Work Foreman in Grantchester 5 Ep 6, ITV & PSB America; Fisher in Paai – The Matt Amazon Prime Movie; Flaps in Soldier On (SAA Production) The Other Palace Theatre, London; Malvolio in Twelfth Night (CVP Production) Leicester Square Theatre, London; Angelo in Comedy of Errors (CVP US Production) Shakespeare Lansburgh Theater, Washington, DC; Richard III in Richard III (CVP Production) Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Leicester Square Theatre, London.

Wrote and performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in a Shakespeare Globe production to mark the centenary of Armistice Day; Produced the short film Service No Longer Required (SNLR) for Hats Off for Bootsie.

Has appeared on television, radio, and in several national newspapers to raise awareness about mental health after leaving military service. Mostly found at The Poppy Factory as an Employment Coordinator, helping injured veterans return to work.

Adrian Scarbrough

Served twenty-two years in The Royal Artillery, in the areas of specialisation included but were not restricted to humanitarian, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance.

Adrian has photographed and documented several conflicts and worked closely with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Adrian is a voluntary photographer and head of media and communications for the charities Hats Off for Bootsie, The Pearly Kings and Queens, 10 Million Meters, and Monkey Fist Adventures.

For the last 25 years, his passion for technology and photography has interacted with a curiosity for futurism, ethics, sustainability, and deep empathy for our climate. While attaining his MSc, Adrian project-managed information systems and communication teams within the Corporate IT environment.

Adrian has a research-led photojournalism and documentary practice in Vienna, combining Corporate IT, Web and SaaS development. This has allowed him to complete his MA.

He has joined a new publishing company for artists as a publishing agent.

Tip Cullen

Served thirty-seven years as a Royal Marines Commando – the latest seven in RM Reserve. As an RM Mountain Leader, frequently deployed on high threat, kinetic operations, and covert surveillance.

After full-time service, studied at Marjon University and gained BA (Hons) Acting with The Actors’ Wheel, Plymouth (2018). For Shakespeare’s Globe, devised and performed a tribute to four generations of his family for their dedication and sacrifice during active service, using Shakespeare’s and his own words in Shakespeare and Remembrance (2018).

Also part of Chorus in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019). Toured UK including Edinburgh Festival and Saddlers Wells with Bravo22 play Unspoken by Gary Kitching (2018). Tour of UK and Canada with Soldiers Arts Academy’s Soldier On (2019).

Recent theatre credits includes five week residency at Teatro San Martin, Buenos Aires in Lola Arias’ Campo Minado (Minefield) for Falklands (Malvinas) 40th Anniversary. As well as short films and TV commercials, film credits include the title role in a new action, drama series Sunray, Willie in forthcoming feature film Silent Roar from BBC Film and Young Productions, and Bootsie in Hats Off for Bootsie’s homeless war veteran short, Service No Longer Required. A committed storyteller - a dit spinner - and entertainer on the fiddle, pennywhistle and bodrhan. Has pledged to use his acting to ensure his fallen comrades are not forgotten and remain alive in the consciousness of those they served. Is a supporter of veterans in the arts and is keen to signpost veteran overcomers towards the arts for both rehabilitation and a new career.

Our aim is to start touring ‘The Terminus’ in 2025


All the action of the play takes place during January on the freezing concourse of a railway terminus. The central character is an old vagrant known as Boney who sleeps rough beside the platforms. We discover Boney is a war veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder made worse by the onset of Alzheimer’s. He stays alive solely to find his wife and sweetheart, Meriel, who died when he was a young man.


Boney feels alien to the prosperous melee on the concourse; it intimidates and destabilises him. Reminders of his past provoke him into riding a tumult of emotions, reliving what he sees as the failures that have shaped his life.


A remarkable woman, Lady Georgina Buller, looks beyond Boney’s rudeness, rage and dishevelment to help us catch glimpses of a formidable, well-educated man with a gentle, poetic soul and an unquenchable spirit.


Her understanding helps bring a semblance of calm and closure to his traumatic life. The play also connects with sharpest relevance to recent conflicts throughout the world.


It avoids jingoistic boasting and explores how individuals pay the price for military action and epic, historical events. Boney’s armed forces eulogy starts by honouring those he has seen fall in battle, and then broadens under a shower of poppies to include servicemen and women across the centuries to the present-day.


This is a story which encompasses some of the grim realities of mental trauma and homelessness but which ultimately uplifts. It also manages to be hugely enjoyable, not least because it taps into Boney’s dark humour and disarming honesty.
Live music helps wrack up the stress and torment Boney feels, as well as express contrasting moments of tenderness and calm. Despite all that happens, the play is never far from the simple account of a confused, old man trying to make sense of what becomes the last day of his life.

“… very vivid and moving … I am excited by having some type of design involvement in its production.”

Paul Day
International Sculptor

“… a moving, highly original treatment of prescient themes with well-drawn characters: beautifully written.”

Sally Woodcock
Founder and Artistic Director MESH theatre co.

“… a first-class piece of writing by an author with a natural feel for the stage.”

Mark Glanville
Award-Winning Author and Journalist

“…an exceptional play … a wonderful piece of writing … the only play yet to attract us beyond our Shakespeare remit.”

Jaclyn McLoughlin
Founder of UK & US Combat Veteran Players

Whatever form a performance of ‘The Terminus’ takes: whether workshops based on scenes from the play, radio-style performances, or a full-scale production, there are seven beneficial outcomes.

1)  The play follows a homeless war veteran with Alzheimer’s and mental trauma, who sleeps rough near the platforms of a main railway station. He experiences anything from empathetic kindness to abuse, which raises important issues for the audience to consider. 

2)  The play provides employment for ex-servicemen and women, sometimes for  their families, and for those still serving but on notice.

3)  The strength of performances and deft handling of emotions makes the actors compelling advocates for the employment of recovered and retrained veterans in any field, especially if they’ve had the courage and capability to recover from mental trauma and/or homelessness.

4)  Involvement in theatre, especially acting, helps sufferers recover from mental trauma and maintain good mental health.

5) The performers’ journeys from mental trauma and/or homelessness to professional theatre are inspirational and in demand. Our Ambassadors are skilled in media interviews and combatting the ignorance, fear, stigma and prejudice which blight the progress of mental health recovery.

6)  HOfB will work with theatres or colleges to develop an audience, some of whom will participate in workshops. The theatres may choose a workshop on Veterans, Drama or History.

7)  Belonging to a community is an important part of on-going recovery and sustaining improvements. Being part of a production fast tracks relationships, which lay solid foundations when building a community.

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