• Ben Drysdale


Fractured - A cross disciplinary creative development about the effects of living with Trauma

In April 2016 Rebus interviewed two local researchers in the field of trauma studies, five local people with lived experience of living with the effects of trauma, and one interstate researcher who also has lived experience. These interviews were then edited down to about 20 minutes each and played to a creative team of artists - consisting of an actor, and dancer, a musician and video artist -who then responded to the interview material. Though we had set a goal of developing 15-20 minutes of performance we created 37 minutes of original material (including a few minutes of interview material projected) and performed this for an invited audience of approximately 40. The performance addressed a range of issues faced by people with lived experience of trauma through theatre, dance, mask, video projection, song, and instrumental composition.

We were delighted at how quickly material came together, and how well we worked as a team, most of us never having worked together before. While the material we were working with was heavy, there was a joy and lightness in much of the process. We were excited by the pieces we created, and the variety of styles that we were able to use, including interaction with projection, performance poetry, solo dance, naturalistic theatre, mask and one scene that was semi-improvised in the manner of contact improvisation. We all feel that we have a very strong base to create a fully developed work which we applied for further funding for from ArtsACT in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation ACT.

#MentalHealth #Anxiety #RebusTheatre #MentalIllness #QL2 #Trauma #BenDrysdale #AlisonPlevey #ClintonMcRobert #JohnCarolin

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