Theatre Design Workshop
Inclusive Theatre Design Workshop for People with a Disability
In September 2015 Rebus Theatre partnered with Tuggeranong Community Arts Association to develop and deliver a short workshop series in Theatre Design open for people with and without disabilities. Christiane Nowak was engaged to deliver a program to 6-8 people in which she led the participants through the process of working to a brief while designing and creating prop and set items for Rebus Theatre’s two plays A Day in the Life, and Unintended. The workshop was promoted via a number of networks and organisations including Rebus Theatre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, and Belconnen Community Service, and delivered over three sessions (Saturday September 5th 10am-3pm, Saturday September 12th 1-5pm, Sunday September 13th 1-5pm).
Of the eight participants who registered for the workshop, four identified as having a disability. In the first workshop the participants were presented with performances of the two plays before sitting down to discuss the brief workshop ideas in consultation with members of the Rebus cast. The following two workshops were spent designing costumes profiles for the character and designing, creating and building prop and set items. Over the following two workshops the group created a comprehensive costume, prop and set design package, which Rebus Theatre debuted at the Melbourne Fringe festival, and has been using in its performances ever since.
This project met all objectives by providing an opportunity for participants across a wide age bracket, with and without disabilities, to collaborate with and learn from one of Canberra’s top Theatre Designers, while providing Rebus Theatre with a new a theatre design package to assist them in their work championing disability rights, equity, and equality.