Australian Theatre of the Deaf
Australian Theatre of the Deaf (ATOD) has been running for many years in Sydney and has now moved to Melbourne. I spoke to the actors and director to find out how different or special the ATOD is in comparison to other theatre companies. I also asked what sort of plays they have provided in the past and discussed the challenges and benefits of running plays for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
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Posted by: Karli Dettman, on 16/01/13
Hamer Hall and the MSO
I am pleased I can see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform at Hamer Hall again. The concert hall in Melbourne was closed for two years. It's been renovated and re-opened. Inside the concert hall, the new lighting in the ceiling is beautiful. Hamer Hall now also meets international accessibility standards. There are more places for people who use wheelchairs and more accessible toilets with Braille. I was lucky enough to be at one of the opening nights of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. It was spectacular. Hamer Hall now faces the Yarra River and the city. It's for everyone to enjoy.
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Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 24/09/12
Different Deaf voices
I went to some writing workshops for Deaf people this month. I learned a lot about writing. Together we shared our stories with each other and what it was like growing up Deaf. We then presented our stories to an audience at this year's Melbourne Writer's Festival. We were encouraged by the positive reaction from the audience. I really enjoyed the night and if I ever have the opportunity to do this again, I would.
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Posted by: Phoebe Tay, on 20/09/12
Napoleon, Revolution to Empire
Last week I went to an exhibition called Napoleon, Revolution to Empire. The exhibition is about the famous military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. On show are beautiful French paintings, maps, traditional artefacts and royal clothing. Visitors get an understanding of French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s. They also learn about Napoleon's life and how he influenced Europe. There are excellent audio guides to the entire exhibition for people who are Deaf. I recommend this exhibition to everyone. It's at the National Gallery of Victoria until 7 October.
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Posted by: Phoebe Tay, on 19/07/12
Art is therapy
Doing art can feel good. It can be as simple as picking up a pencil and drawing or shaping something out of clay. Art therapy takes this idea further. It encourages you to tell your feelings and emotions through art. Or it can be used for people who have had an illness, such as stroke, to help the brain and body work again. Art therapy can help people who have gone through difficult times in their life. What you draw or make can be talked about with an art therapist. Art therapy can make people feel happy.
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Posted by: Susan Frankel, on 11/07/12