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 …

HORIZON READY AND ABLE!

Horizon Theatre Company is “Ready and Able”, thanks to funding from Canterbury League Club through the Club Grants scheme.

The READY AND ABLE project aims to provide access to creative and recreational activities for young people living with a disability in the Canterbury local government area. The project acknowledges the culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of participants. Horizon will stage performances including drama and puppetry for the young people living with a disability. Furthermore, the theatre will run workshops in drama, music, costume & make-up, puppetry and photography. Participants will be matched to activities based on their individual talents, abilities and inclinations.

Currently working out of the amphitheatre at Wiley Park, Horizon Theatre Company Ltd was established with the clear aim of developing a world-class repertory theatre company in Sydney’s west and beyond. We are dedicated to enhancing artistic, cultural and economic opportunities for a diverse background of marginalised young people and theatre practitioners whilst developing participation and a large audience. Horizon is a pioneer in arts-based strategies and aims to continue to provide regular arts-based and innovative intervention programs to equip young participants with alternative methods for early intervention and crime prevention. Finally, Horizon is a drop-in facility helping improve the self-esteem, communication, teamwork skills and creativity of our community.

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. The Theatre is grateful for the opportunity to offer artistic workshops and performances to people living with a disability in the Canterbury area.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT HORIZON THEATRE.

(02) 9750 9567 (Monday to Friday during office hours)

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