Actors of all abilities wanted for forum theatre project in Canberra

Date posted: 
30 July 2013

Nican is seeking actors with and without disability to deliver accessibility and inclusion training to Canberra businesses and work places.

Forum Theatre is interactive, problem-solving theatre that can be used to educate and raise awareness of disability rights and accessible communities. In Forum Theatre, a group of actors with lived experience of a social issue create a very short play about that issue, with an ending that is clearly undesirable. They perform the piece twice and the audience are invited to call "stop!", come onto the stage and replace one of the actors to try and achieve a better outcome. It is a way for audience members to practice inclusive ways of working and to experience the barriers and attitudes that others face.

Meeting for 3 hours every week, this FREE course will run until the end of 2013 and will provide you with:

  • TRAINING in the Forum Theatre method as a way of using drama to bring about social change.
  • EXPERIENCE devising a Forum Theatre show. 
  • 4 PERFORMANCES of your show to workplace and public audiences.
  • TIPS and skills to build your personal confidence. 
  • TOOLS to help you earn money using the Forum Theatre show that you have devised.
  • OPPORTUNITIES for paid acting work in 2014. 

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project, please register your interest by completing this form and returning it to Jim at Nican by email at [email protected] or by fax to 6241 1224 by Friday 16 August 2013. You can also call Jim or Craig at Nican on 6241 1220 for more information.


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Please answer the questions below to help us learn more about you. 

  1. Tell us about any previous acting experience or training you have had? 
  2. Why would you like to be a part of this Forum Theatre project?
  3. Do you have a disability? If so, what is the nature of your disability and what support needs do you have?

Numbers for this workshop are limited and participants will be selected on merit. Nican may hold a one day workshop with auditions to help select the successful candidates, depending on how many people respond to this expression of interest.

This project is made possible with assistance from the ACT Government through an Innovations Grant from the Community Services Directorate.