Challenging interventions – Canberra’s newest theatre company

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SOME of Canberra’s most socially aware and committed theatre artists have drawn accolades at an arts and disability event in Sydney.

A scene from “A Day in the Life”
A scene from “A Day in the Life”

The ensemble of nine actors make up Canberra’s newest actors’ company, REBUS Theatre, directed by Robin Davidson and aimed at raising awareness of social issues and promoting equality for people living with disabilities, is poised to spread its wings after performing at

Their play, “A Day in the Life”, set in set in an office and public places and performed by actors both with and without disabilities in an interactive “forum” style of theatre was showcased at Arts Activated 2014. Audiences were invited to step into the action and intervene when they thought the characters should be behaving differently.

Davidson said the audience had provided some “challenging interventions…It was a very different experience for them, being able to influence the outcome of the play so that the characters behaved acceptably with fairness towards people with disabilities.” Mr Davidson said.

According to Davidson, there is now interest in having REBUS Theatre perform in other states and New Zealand.

REBUS also presents another play, ‘Unintended,’ portraying issues surrounding people with disabilities in a public service workplace, drawn from the lives and experiences of the actors, who say they are now looking forward to capping off their first full year of professional work with performances in December for ACT Health Department workers at Canberra Hospital.

Inquiries about to REBUS Theatre 0432 801 149.

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