Returning to the stage
Since high school I have enjoyed being involved in theatre. At school I enjoyed writing and performing. When I started university I became involved in German language theatre. Eight years ago I injured my spinal cord and thought I might never perform again. I remained friends with the director of the theatre company from my university. He always encouraged me to return to theatre. In 2009 I helped produce a play. Last month I translated a play from German into English. I was then invited to perform in this play. I managed to conquer my fears and returned to the stage.
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Posted by: Rachel Croucher, on 05/06/12
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How to be sick
Toni Bernhard has written a book called How To Be Sick. It sounds like it might be full of rules and instructions but it is not. Instead it is about Buddhist ideas and practices. Toni uses these to manage her chronic illness. She explains various practices in the book, including compassion and accepting things as they are. Toni is honest about how hard it can be do. The book lists different practices to use for specific problems with chronic illness. It is not only for people who are ill. It has good advice for anyone wanting to live well.
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Posted by: Caitilin Punshon, on 30/01/13
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The Other Film Festival
The Other Film Festival starts tomorrow in Melbourne. It is a festival held every two years that shows films about disability. This year there are 35 films from around the world. The types of films shown include comedy, drama and documentaries. The festival is at Arts House at the North Melbourne Town Hall. All films are accessible. Films have captions or are subtitled. Auslan interpreters are available for all events including speeches and introductions. All films are audio described for people who are blind or vision impaired. The theatre is wheelchair accessible. The festival finishes 23 September.
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Posted by: Susan Frankel, on 18/09/12
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Hamer Hall, something to Bragg about
In October I saw the English musician Billy Bragg at the refurbished Hamer Hall. The wheelchair seating was fantastic. It is very rare that venues enable wheelchair users to sit in the front row. The number of lifts, wheelchair accessible toilets and the low counters made the venue very accommodating for wheelchair users. But it was the wheelchair accessible seating which impressed me the most. The show was a tribute to Woody Guthrie and was part of the Melbourne Festival. A great performance and the wheelchair friendly venue made it a special night.
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Posted by: Gary Barling, on 24/01/13
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