• Ben Drysdale

Periphery - Theatre for social change

Over the weekend of October 19-21 our Creative Producer and Communications Manager had the immense pleasure of taking part in ‘Periphery’, a three-day conference/festival about theatre for social change in Goulburn.

Organised by Goulburn’s ‘Lieder Theatre’, ‘Periphery’ was a meeting of creative and socially conscious minds from across New South Wales and indeed, the world, with Polish company ‘Teatr Brama’ coming as part of their ‘Caravan Next’ project.

The Rebus team took part in a panel discussion about theatre for social change, and did a presentation about the many ways we use theatre for social impact. There was also pitches by other artists and organisations, master classes run by 'Teatr Brama', as well as three theatre shows including 'Lieder Theatre’s' Monochrome, 'Teatr Brama’s' Ghost Dance: Impressions, and a piece devised by the two companies in the week leading up to the event.

It is difficult to explain the sense of community that was developed over such a small period of time with people from some many different places and backgrounds. This was due in part to the amazing community surrounding 'Lieder Theatre', the generous and open nature of the artists from ‘Teatr Brama’, and just a result of what happens when you get a group of people passionate about art and social change together to share their ideas.

We truly hope 'Periphery' comes back next year and would encourage anyone with a bent for using arts for social change to attend! Truly magical.

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