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Book now for our first ACT Playback Theatre show

Rebus Theatre’s Playback Ensemble is touring their new show ‘At The End Of Our Street’ throughout September and October as part of Project Alchemy, a cross disciplinary arts project to build resilience across south-east Australia. Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their own lives and watch as actors and musicians enact them on the spot using movement, music and words, but without script or rehearsal. It can be moving or funny according to the stories shared.
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Upcoming information sessions for artists applying for Project Alchemy artist

Just a friendly reminder that we are holding two information sessions via zoom for artists interested in applying for a paid position to attend artist residencies, receive training, and develop a community arts event as part of Project Alchemy. We are seeking practising regional artists from theatre, film, visual arts, dance, music, writing, and photography, with an interest in arts leadership. There are 15 paid mentorship placements available (three per region) and a share of funding to run community arts projects (total 10k per region plus artist fees).
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Callout for Project Alchemy artist Expressions of Interest

Award winning mixed ability theatre company Rebus Theatre is seeking expressions of interest from regional artists to take part in Project Alchemy, a cross disciplinary arts project to build resilience across south-east Australia throughout 2022-2024. We are seeking practising regional artists from theatre, film, visual arts, dance, music, writing, and photography, with an interest in arts leadership. There are 15 paid mentorship placements available (three per region) and a share of funding to run community arts projects (total 10k per region plus artist fees).
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Seeking Expressions of Interest for iDrama Kids!

Rebus Theatre and the ACT Down Syndrome Association are partnering to present a new theatre program of weekly drama classes for 8 - 12 year olds with intellectual disabilities beginning in Term 4 2022. Classes will be run by experienced teaching artists as participants play theatre games, build confidence, make new friends and learn acting and performance skills. Participants learn skills in movement, voice and storytelling.
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Cultural Diversity in Canberra Arts: let’s make it happen!

Cultural Diversity in Canberra Arts: let’s make it happen! A workshop to share and built a better future for Migrant and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) artists in Canberra. Are you an artist who migrated to Australia or a CALD artist wanting to contribute to Australia’s contemporary culture? Whether you are continuing your creative career or trying to re-start it here, we would love to hear from you!
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Callout for Actors and/or writers with lived experience of mental ill-health for ‘Just Hearing’ project

Callout for Actors and/or writers with lived experience of mental ill-health to create and perform interactive theatre to help educate the legal community. These are paid positions. Just Hearing is a project of Rebus Theatre that uses the Forum Theatre model of interactive theatre. It is a commission from Canberra Community Law in partnership with Legal Aid ACT, to help lawyers work better with people who are experiencing mental distress. It is a three-year project with short performance seasons around October and March each year, until March 2025.
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The Wrap on Chemical ReaACTion

Last week Rebus took over the Japan Theatre at Questacon to rehearse and perform Chemical ReACTion, an interactive Forum Theatre show about the dilemma’s of science communication. The show was a huge success with audiences and theatre critics alike expressing their appreciation for the unique experience.
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We’re hiring!! Administration Officer position available at Rebus!

Rebus Theatre is looking for a Part-time Administration Officer on a 9-month fixed term contract, with the strong likelihood of extension to a permanent position.
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Proud to announce ‘Project Alchemy’ through Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grant

Rebus Theatre is the proud recipient of the Department of Industry, Science and Resources Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant. The $870,000 grant will see a community-led arts recovery program established across five local government areas including QPRC, Eurobodalla, Bega, East Gippsland and the ACT.
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Reminder: Face-to-face classes on hold until Feb 28! 

For those of you participating in our programs, this is just a reminder that classes will not be returning until the week beginning Feb 28.
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  Rebus Playback Ensemble is looking for members!

We are asking members of our Rebus Family if they would like to join the Rebus Playback Theatre Ensemble. For now, we are just asking for Expressions of Interest. Depending on how many people are interested, we may also hold auditions, or some other selection process.  
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Back to Back Theatre bring disability theatre to The Playhouse!

Our friends at Back to Back Theatre in Geelong are bringing their show 'The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes' to Canberra this May 11-13 at The Playhouse. Weaving a narrative through human rights, sexual politics, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence, this new work is a sly theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstanding.
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Face to face classes suspended until Feb 28th 2022

After consultation with the disability sector, Rebus' Disability Advisory Group, our participants, their carers, and families, the Rebus Board has made the difficult decision to delay the commencement of face-to-face lessons until the week of the 28 February 2022.
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Enrol now for our ‘Systems of Sanity’ program in 2022

A ground-breaking theatre project asking the hard questions about mental health and the mental health system, for anyone with lived experience of mental ill-health, including people who aren’t sure if they exactly fit that definition, or aren’t comfortable with that language. Directed by Rebus Artistic Director Robin Davidson and assistant director Joel Swadling, Systems of Sanity uses theatre games, exercises and techniques to explore different ways of thinking and communicating about mental health, mental illness, and the mental health system, with the option of being in a performance.
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Happy International Day of People with Disability!

Happy International Day of People with Disability! Today we celebrate all the talented, tenacious, spirited, and downright awesome people with disability in the Rebus family! From our administrative staff, to our board, to our program participants, to the casts, directors and technical crews of our main stage shows, people with disability are the life blood of this organisation and we wouldn't have it any other way!
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Help us support mental health of LGBTQIA+ young people!

Stigma and discrimination against LGBTQIA+ young people remain significant problems, and young people who identify as LGBTQIA+ are at greater risk of mental health issues and bullying. While there are services that provide one-on-one counselling for LGBTQIA + young people, there are limited avenues in Canberra for them to meet each other and form informal support networks, and to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
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Rebus takes home a Canberra Critics Circle award!

Rebus would like to extend our deepest thanks Canberra Critics Circle for honouring our work throughout 2021 with an award on Tuesday at the 31st Annual ACT Arts Awards. The 30 year-old Canberra Critics’ Circle is the only such group of critics in Australia that runs across all the major art forms, not just performing arts, and has always always resisted making awards in “best-of” categories, preferring only to differentiate between major art form genres in their award categories. The circle changes each year depending on who is writing or broadcasting on the arts in Canberra.
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Spaces available in our Monday iDrama (formerly Inclusive Drama) class for 2022!

Enrol now to join our weekly drama classes for people with intellectual disabilities in 2022. Build confidence, make new friends and learn acting and performance skills.
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Rebus Associate Artist Joel Swadling launches autobiography on Canberra theatre legend

Our associate artist Joel Swadling has spent the last 12 years archiving and conducting interviews with 80+ Canberra artists and theatre lovers towards research for a biography on Canberra theatre force-de-jour David Branson.
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Share your bushfire and COVID stories with the NMA for IDPwD

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) proudly supports people in the community living with disability, and every year we celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). This year, the NMA invite you to become part of Momentous– the Museum’s award-winning online digital exhibition. Add your voice by sending a video, a photo, words, or anything else you would like to share.

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