Performance – Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child

We are so excited to be working again with the fabulous team at Raspberry Ripple Productions on their new work, Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child. Read more details here and make sure to visit Raspberry Ripple website for bookings!

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Press release from Raspberry Ripple Productions and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Raspberry Ripple Reads is a play-reading event designed to add the dimension of difference to plays which are known within the theatre in Australia. It will also bring new work to the stage. The readings will see disabled and mainstream actors together on stage.

We are excited to announce our first Reading will be ‘Love Child’ by Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.

These readings will be a regular inclusion in the yearly schedule of Raspberry Ripple – one play per year to start with – and are a way of developing new work in an atmosphere of inclusion. We will try out new ideas with script in hand, and work out how disability can add new dimension in the context of established theatre practices.

We want to discover ways of finding new relationships within text – how new themes emerge between the characters.

At Raspberry Ripple this is gold to us. We are intrigued by the human condition, and for us, the addition of disability offers new provocation and possibility for interpretation that would not be in a reading where disability is absent.

Love Child is part of the Australian canon, by playwright Joanna Murray-Smith.

An adopted daughter comes to find her biological mother. In this reading of the work, the mother is a wheelchair user. Without altering the text, we will discover what is underneath the lines. What will happen?

Footscray Community Arts Centre
Performance Space
Cast: Alisha Eddy, Kate Hood – Director: Alice Darling
October 8th 2pm
Tickets: Full, $15 Concession,$10
Bookings: http://footscrayarts.com/event/raspberry-ripple-reads-2/

The Other Film Festival 2016 at Melbourne Fringe

We are excited to be working with The Other Film Festival (aka TOFF) in 2016.

 

The Other Film Festival is back in 2016 with an exciting new venue and festival partners. The festival is to be delivered under the umbrella of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and will take place in the Experimedia space at State Library Victoria from 28 – 30 September 2016.

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Proudly produced by Arts Access Victoria, The Other Film Festival (TOFF) is Australia’s leading international Deaf and disability film festival. For more than a decade TOFF has challenged and delighted audiences by delivering frank and thoughtful screenings, forums, presentations and workshops about the portrayal of Deaf people and people with disability in screen culture. These events are led by people who are Deaf or live with disability, speaking about their lived experiences of disability or being Deaf. They also reflect upon the challenges presented by the media and screen industry in Australia.

“Since the inaugural Festival in 2004, TOFF has been changing how the community thinks about Deafness and disability by programming provocative films from around the world about the lived experience of being Deaf or having a disability. We want audiences to be engaged and challenged, and leave screenings with a fresh perspective” said Veronica Pardo, Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria.

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Actor Bethany Robinson – photo credit Pippa Samaya

 

“This year’s program will feature a highly respected Deaf US filmmaker, Jules Dameron, who will share her experience in advocating for pivotal issues in the screen industry, such as authentic casting” said Pardo.

Simon Abrahams, CEO of the Melbourne Fringe Festival says he is very excited to bring TOFF to audiences this year as part of the Fringe Festival program. “TOFF is a unique and fully accessible festival that bring together audiences to explore, question and celebrate the lived experience of Deafness and disability”, said Abrahams.

The TOFF 2016 program will run as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival during 28 – 30 September 2016 at Experimedia, State Library Victoria. To find out more about the festival visit http://otherfilmfestival.com/

 

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The Other Film Festival is supported by the Australian Government.

Public Partners City of Melbourne, Film Victoria and Screen Australia

Festival Partners Melbourne Fringe Festival, Vicdeaf and State Library Victoria

Festival Supporters US Embassy, Ericsson Australia and Turquoise iAuslan

Arts Access Victoria gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Human Services

 

Feature Image Actor Bethany Robinson – photo credit Pippa Samaya

Enunciations – The first show from Raspberry Ripple Productions

Raspberry Ripple Productions, a Disability led theatre company, presents their first show, Enunciations. Celebrating the deliciousness of diversity, Enunciations will run from         19 – 21 August, 2016, at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

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Raspberry Ripple operates around the Social Model of disability, which says that the barriers put in place by a world designed for ‘normal people’ disables us far more than our bodies ever will. We aim to be instrumental in creating a pathway into mainstream theatre for disabled performers.

 

The founder and Artistic Director of Raspberry Ripple is Kate Hood, a passionate advocate for disability in the arts. Hood had a full career as an able-bodied actor, writer and director, for more than twenty years. She has performed in classics, musicals, TV, film and radio. Some of her credits include Prisoner, Blue Heelers and she was a prominent voice-over artist for ABC Melbourne.

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Kate Hood, photo by Julie Millowick

After being diagnosed with a neurological disease, Hood became a full-time wheelchair user and struggled to find her place in the mainstream arts industry. Stories told on our screens and stages rarely include people with disability – and when those characters are seen, invariably they are played by an able-bodied actor.

 

“My experience of being disabled and an actor is that there is a blank space around me – I am largely invisible in my everyday life, and also, unfortunately, within my chosen profession.” Says Kate

 

In Raspberry Ripple‘s first show, ‘Enunciations’, eloquent words – and some not so eloquent! – will be spoken by disabled and able-bodied performers to tell the 21st century story of being in the soup together. Classic text will tug at your heart strings, new words discomfort you, both will make you fall off your seat with laughter and re-evaluate living in an able-ist world. A discombobulation of thought, mind and matter!

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Raspberry Ripple productions mission is to create theatre of a professional standard using disabled performers, writers, directors, designers and technical artists.

Learn more about Enunciations at the Raspberry Ripple Productions Facebook page.

You can see details for the event at Footscray Community Arts Centre’s  Facebook event. 

When: Friday 19 August – Sunday 21 August
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday, 2pm
VenueFootscray Community Arts Centre Performance Space
Tickets: $25 full / $20 concession
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=211033

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