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People are hurting

We live in a world where some of us have the road before us smoothed and straightened, and others have their path strewn with rubble. A world where many face daily discrimination because they use a wheelchair, because they have an extra chromosome, because they were born into poverty, because they hear voices others do not hear, because of the colour of their skin, because of who they love.

Our society promotes a picture of ‘normal’ and tells us to fear anyone different. This fear creates exclusion. Exclusion leads to isolation, isolation, to depression, stress and anxiety. These emotional reactions cause physical health problems, which in turn lead to further social exclusion. And the cycle continues.

We practice radical empathy through theatre and other arts to stimulate healing and provoke social and environmental change. We aim to create a sustainable and ethical society that is inclusive, creative, compassionate and accessible to everyone. Together with our donors and friends, Rebus is embarking on a bold new path to reach more of our marginalised than ever before. We need your support…

There are a range of ways to help us support marginalised communities…

Why ‘Rebus’?

A young man with disability is used to workers speaking for him. He speaks from a stage under lights, feeling heard for the first time.

A dancer contorts her body. The audience feels, viscerally, the pain and fear behind the warnings of a climate scientist.

Public servants watch as an actor portrays a colleague experiencing a panic attack. They explore ways to support her.

Injured service people stand in a circle playing a game, and remember how to laugh.

This is why Rebus Theatre exists: to end stigma, exclusion and isolation and ensure that everyone feels heard. Help us achieve this with your generous tax deductible donation here.

Why theatre?

Theatre is uniquely powerful. It can bring about change, in an individual, a community, or a whole society. Theatre engages the body and the emotions, as well as the mind. It makes deeper and more lasting change possible. The stage is a place where we can imagine any reality, any future. It’s where we can be the change we want to see in the world.

A Rebus is a puzzle in which pictures represent words. A picture of an eye, a can of soup and the ocean might mean ‘I can see’. We challenge audiences to take real-life pieces of social puzzles, change behaviour and assemble a positive new picture.

Our vision

We believe in a sustainable and ethical society that is inclusive, creative, compassionate and accessible to everyone.

Our mission

Rebus is a mixed ability company using theatre and other arts to stimulate healing and provoke social and environmental change. We work with people with lived experience of marginalisation to create innovative, powerful performance in diverse contexts.

What We Do