The Tuggeranong Arts Centre is home to the Rebus Theatre Company.
The company is a unique ensemble of actors who create and use ’Forum theatre’ an interactive model to raise awareness of real-life issues and discrimination faced daily by people with disabilities.
The company comprises actors with and without disabilities and brings a variety of lived experience to their performances using techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed, first developed by Augusto Boal in Brazil.
It uses workshops and performances to give voice to marginalised people and to create dialogue in the community around social issues.
Rebus Theatre’s current plays portray issues faced by people who have visual impairment, mental illness, Down syndrome and a number of other disabilities.
The Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s strategy of supporting accessible community-based arts activities is a perfect fit with Rebus Theatre’s interactive theatre performances, designed to stimulate audiences to question their own behaviour and the behaviour of others.
Rebus Theatre began as a company of people with and without disabilities, performing scenarios based on the actors’ lived experiences of discrimination and stigma. Rebus uses “forum theatre” which is a format allowing participants to interact with the actors and practice real life skills for the workplace in a dignified, entertaining and non-threatening atmosphere. The company has since expanded to include a range of projects, each addressing various issues faced by members of the community.
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