What does Rebus Theatre Do?
Rebus has partnered with a number of organisations including L'Arche Geneseret, Tuggeranong Arts Centre (TAC), Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC), Aids Action Council, and DisabilityACT to run various theatre classes and workshops that address social issues and disadvantage within our community. Rebus currently runs Inclusive Drama Classes at The Hub in Phillip on Monday's and Wednesdays 10am-12pm. If you or someone you care for might be interested in joining contact us. We also run the Bridges or Barricades program in Schools facilitating students to create Forum Theatre plays about their experiences of conflict with the support of Multicultural Youth Services (MYS).
In the past Rebus has also:
- Led drama workshops for LGBTQIA+ Youth in partnership with the Aids Action Council.
- Participated in the "Everyone Everyday" program facilitating students to create Forum Theatre in schools.
- Worked with BAC on the "IGNITE" program, an arts program for people living with a disability or mental ill-health.
- Run theatre workshops for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds with TAC and MYS.
Rebus actively seeks funding to provide opportunities for people and artists who have experienced marginilisation to tell their stories through theatre and other art forms.
In 2016 Rebus teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation ACT to do a cross disciplinary creative development entitled 'Fractured' about the experience of living with trauma involving theatre, dance, music, and visual projection. We interviewed five people with lived experience of trauma as well as two researchers in the field of trauma. The creative team watched the interviews, then collaborated on creative responses to develop a 37minute show which was perfromed to an invited audience of approcximately 40 people.
Rebus is also hosting a Variety Night in celebration of International Day of People with a Disability on December 2nd and 3rd 2016 at Tuggeranong Arts Centre featuring Theatre, Dance, Music, Burlesque and Circus.
In 2018 Rebus received ArtsACT funding for a creative development using the same model as 'Fractured' to develop a show around the way scientists working on Climate Change feel about their work and the community's response to it. 'Moving Climates' ran for three nights at the Ralph Wilson theatre and inspired in depth conversation from the near full houses each night in a post show Q&A.
Rebus currently presents three Forum Theatre based workplace training programs which capture a broad range of issues faced by people with disability either in the work place, or in accessing certain services.
Unintended invites the audience into a microcosm of the dynamics of work place culture where the attitudes, actions and decisions of a group of work colleagues have far reaching and unintended negative consequences for employees with disabilities and the whole workplace.
Unintended focuses on discrimination in workplace hiring practices and the impact of hidden disabilities.
Open Doors Open Minds looks at challenges people with disability face in accessing meaningful participation in community activities. While set in the context of an arts centre the issues that arise apply to all community activities from informal groups or clubs to large sports organisations.
Access All Areas: Health addresses the challenges people with disabilities come across when trying to access good health care.