Taking Centre Stage thanks to Canterbury Leagues

Thanks to Canterbury League Club young people living with a disability & special needs will take “Centre Stage”

“Centre Stage” will focus in providing access to creative and recreational activities and facilities for young people living with a disability and special needs in the Canterbury Catchment area (previously known as the Canterbury local government area).

Acknowledging the culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of participants, Horizon will stage performances, presentations and run artistic workshops including creative story telling, drama, mime, music, costume, puppetry and photography.

Participants will be;
– involved as art creators and/or audience members
– matched to activities based on their individual talents,
aptitudes and inclinations –
encouraged to participate in activities with people not living
with a disability
– become involved and place themselves centre stage.

Find out more by contact the theatre on (02) 97509567

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Art Can Do It

Thanks to funding from Canterbury League Club through the ClubGrants initiative, the ‘Art Can Do It’ program aims to bring participants with minor disabilities and mental health issues up to a level where they can work alongside professional performers!

The Art Can Do It program aims to provide a form of physical recreation to participants, build self-confidence and allow young people to express their creativity. The program is divided into two parts; training young people with disabilities to perform street theatre at community events such as the Haldon Street Festival and Carols in the Park; and workshops introducing participants to physical theatre, mime, dance and puppetry.

Asides from improving participants self-confidence, theatre work has elements of physical activity and it is an exercise in movement and co- ordination and the ability to repeat an action. The benefits of being involved with the arts are almost immediately noticeable. One can see it in the smiles of participants and in their growing enthusiasm to try more things and stretch themselves further. The participants often enter shy, uncertain and even reluctant and leave excited and enthusiastic.

Art Can Do It program aims to provide a form of physical recreation to participants, build self-confidence and allow young people to express their creativity.
Art Can Do It program aims to provide a form of physical recreation to participants, build self-confidence and allow young people to express their creativity.

Participants get to work out their bodies in an environment that is supportive and is less based on competition. They also will learn team working skills. Most importantly, they will learn they can get involved and can demonstrate the ability to overcome perceived obstacles associated with their circumstances.

Dr George Peponis OAM, Chairman of Canterbury League Club said “Disabilities shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying performance arts; Canterbury is proud to sponsor a program that raises awareness of the arts in our community and the importance of everyone getting a fair go to try something new”

We don’t see actors with disabilities – we see actors with potential to achieve great things.

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Rising to the Challenge

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE aims to provide access to creative and recreational activities for young people living with a disability in the Canterbury local government area.

Thanks to the support of Canterbury Leagues Club Horizon will stage performances for the young people living with a disability. The theatre will also run workshops in drama, music, costume, puppet making, puppetry and photography.

Participants will be involved as art creators and/or audience members. They will be individually matched to activities based on their individual talents, aptitudes and inclinations with a core focus of intergration, encouraging participation in activities with people not living with a disability

Horizon works closely with many organizations that support people with disabilities and have seen the positive response from carers and the participants towards the activities they have been involved in at the Theatre. We continue to receive many requests from organizations and families for more activities however we need to keep these very affordable for organizations with limited budgets and in order to be able to continue to provide this service.

According to the Summary of City of Canterbury Area Needs and Priorities document 2013 there is an urgent need for “recreational social activities/programs for people with disabilities.”

Horizon will help meet these needs by providing these programs and activities targeted towards young people living with physical disability, mental health issues and intellectual disability. This can sometimes involve a high level of one on one training. Additionally, the theatre aims to meet the urgent need for culturally appropriate respite care and recreational activities for CALD people with disabilities.

An interest in and involvement with the arts has been shown to have many benefits for young people in terms of improved educational results, improved self esteem and feelings of well being. It is an interest that can continue through an entire lifetime.

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Art helping youth with disabilities to express their voices

The Horizon Theatre Company is “Ready and Able” to help young people living with disabilities express themselves through art thanks to a $13,396 donation from Canterbury League Club.

“Ready and Able” is a special program run by Horizon with aim to provide young people in the Canterbury local government area with access to creative and recreational activities. Participants are matched to activities based on their individual talents, abilities and interests, and include workshops in drama, music, costume and make-up, puppetry and photography.

“When young people come to Horizon, they learn skills and are provided with opportunities for self-expression without the fear of negative consequences. They have the freedom to make their own mistakes in a safe environment,” said Maddy Slabacu, Artistic Director at Horizon Theatre Company.

Aside from their “Ready and Able” program, Horizon also runs at least four other programs catering to different segments within the over 500 young people participating each year.

“We tailor our programs and projects to different age groups, interests and abilities. It is important to give the participants equal opportunities to access the art and theatre industry – it is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution,” said Maddy.

Participants are actively encouraged to show-off their newly-acquired skills at group performances held at festivals and other special events as well as at short season recitals organised by Horizon throughout the year.

“Art has always been a wonderful way to connect people together – participants learn how to work in teams, overcome social phobias and form great friendships with each other. Horizon provides a nurturing environment which really helps participants build their self-confidence,” said Dr George Peponis OAM, Chairman of the Canterbury League Club.

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Ready and Able Pictures

Thanks to funding from Canterbury Leagues Club we have been providing access to creative and recreational activities for young people including young people living with a disability as part of our Ready And Able project. Workshops have included drama, music, costume & make-up, puppetry and photography.

Participants have been matched to activities based on their individual talents, abilities and inclinations. Here are some images to enjoy …