Each year, members of the Club Inclusion's Theatre Club create a new play and bring it to STAGES Theatre Festival for ONE incredible and memorable performance. This year more than 25 young people and adults with diverse abilities (“intellectual disabilities”), complex disabilities and other challenges, have been working hard. The 2020 production will take a look at some of the villains and heroes from traditional fairy tales, and understand their stories from a different point of view. Participants ideas so far are that it will be set in a cruise liner, quarantined by a magic spell that has kept it locked down for 100 years – characters include a Wolf with anxiety, an Instagram-obsessed Prince Charming, hippy pigs, and Rapunzel with headlice. Participant’s personal experiences and political world view are being work-shopped as part of the writing process.
There will be a great deal of comedy, physical theatre, dance and music, and the final work will touch on many issues pertinent to participants' lives – especially the way that people are not always as simple or straightforward as they initially appear. As was the case in the last two original plays by Club Inclusion's Theatre Club, Donald Trump's floating wig may have a starring role.
This project is a chance to create a professional theatrical performance, working with an experienced director and technical team, and hopefully one day staging it for the public as part of STAGES. It will be a bold piece of theatre that embraces and celebrates difference, and will makes everyone laugh and cry tears of pride.
Our actors went to Zuppa Theatre’s performance of ‘Tiny’ in November, and took away lots of ideas for immersive theatre, ways to put together different stories, costume and stage design. They have been practicing dance and acting roles for this all year - most recently via Zoom!
Justin McGarragh is Program Lead for Club Inclusion's daytime programs and Theatre Club. He has a background in Theatre and a degree in Sociology and Theatre from Dalhousie University and many years experience in supporting persons with complex disabilities to access cultural and social programs. He combines his theatre skills with a love for activity and inclusive fun! Justin is trained in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Managing Behaviours that Challenge, Abuse Prevention, Personal Care Training and along with Justin Eweka, was a winner of the Bhayana Awards for his commitment to The Club, including creating and producing two professional theatre productions as part of the STAGES Theatre Festival.
ABOUT CLUB INCLUSION
Our Mission The Club Inclusion provides social, cultural and recreational programs accessible to all people with disabilities. We enrich lives by building friendships, community and success.
Our Vision Empowering people with disabilities and their families to thrive through innovative and creative programming. Building bridges to inclusive communities.
We run daily programs, events and activities in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, accessible to youth and adults who have diverse abilities and needs.
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