A residency program for people with disabilities from rural communities to devise and perform an original play about their experiences of drought, bushfires and the pandemic.
A new arts project is paving the way to explore the stories of adults with disability from regional NSW.
This collaboration between Bega, Goulburn, and Braidwood communities is led by Rebus Theatre with assistance from Leider Theatre. It will see people with disability re-emerge from the second COVID-19 lockdown with an exciting creative endeavour to pursue. 9 participants (3 from each region) will come together with a professional artistic team to create a 30 to 45-minute performance. The performance will be created, developed and rehearsed over three residencies between January 2022 – April 2023. The performance will then tour to the Twyford Hall, Tathra, the Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, and the Braidwood National Theatre in May 2023.
This is a unique opportunity for selected members of these communities to work alongside artists from the award-winning Rebus Theatre Company. The participants will explore the ways that COVID-19, drought, flood and bushfire have impacted people with disability in the region over the past three years.
Theatre director Ali Clinch and a team of theatre artists from the ACT and Melbourne are collaborating with The Disability Trust in Bega, Right To Work in Goulburn, and the Braidwood Life Centre to write and perform an original theatre piece by people with disability, that explores their unique experience of living through these challenging times.