• Ben Drysdale

'A Tender Thing' grant succesful

Rebus is happy to announce that we were successful in our ArtsACT Community Outreach Arts Funding application for a project called 'A Tender Thing'. The project aims to develop the skills of Canberra theatre artists with a disability (including mental illness), or other form of disadvantage, as a bridge between recreational or community drama programs and an emerging arts practise. Participants will create an original performance loosely based on Romeo and Juliet: the most famous celebration of romantic love in English-speaking theatre. The script will include text from the original play and writing from the group. The suggestion for Romeo and Juliet came from one of our participants; the theme of conflict between families echoes the divide between those with and without disabilities.

The project will be lead by Heidi Silberman, lead tutor in our 'Inclusive Drama with Rebus' classes at The Hub In Phillip, and will feature participants from the classes, who want to take the next step in their acting careers. Here is some footage of Heidi leading the drama class participants in the development of their Term 4 self-devised play 'The Mystery of Mrs Claus'.

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