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The future of DMA

Disability Media Australia is currently in a period of transition. We have come up against financial hardship and are, for the moment, running our training programs out of the offices of Arts Access Victoria, located at 222 Bank St South Melbourne 3205.

We view this as a period where Disability Media Australia can go back to the drawing board and restructure the organisation and our priorities looking forward.

We thank Arts Access Victoria for the belief and support they have shown us in helping to keep our vision alive.

It is a period of uncertainty but there are a lot of people who are very invested in our projects and our mission. We hope to re-emerge from this period with greater focus, bigger  and stronger than ever.

If you know any person or organisation who can help with funding please contact nicole@disabilitymedia.org.au

Stay in touch and stay tuned.

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Casting Call for People with Disabilities – Contact DramazingProductions and Platypus Theatre

Beyond the Barriers: Performers expression of interest

‘Beyond the Barriers’ is a theatre production to be staged at The Brunswick Mechanics Institute during The Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015.

In the vein of classic political sci-fiction, Beyond the Barriers is set in the not too distant future and explores and expands on issues of diminished personal privacy and governmental control.

Current social concerns about electronic monitoring, dependence on technology and social voyeurism through Reality TV are combined into a dark love story set in a futuristic prison show.

The producers, DramazingProductions and Platypus Theatre, have put on a string of successful productions over recent years including The Prince’s Quest (a premier event of the MidSumma Festival 2013); Bristleface (recipient of the Harold Mitchell Foundation’s arts funding award 2012); Matilda’s Project (Sponsored by Ceres Environmental Park and Collingwood Rotary); and Mill Boys (Sponsored by The Bendigo Bank, City of Yarra and City of Bunbury).

Beyond the Barriers aims to continue the producers’ history of presenting entertaining theatre involving topics of social importance. Themes of recent productions have included: children’s experience of diversity when living in underrepresented family configurations; marriage equality explored through musical fairytale; the personal struggles of workers in the timber industry in Australia; and hope and reconciliation for children rebuilding their lives after losing family members.

Beyond the Barriers will also continue the producers’ effort to engage communities in theatre- such as residents of the Collingwood Public Housing Estate and members of Melbourne’s Gay and Lesbian communities involved in past productions.

Expected audition dates: Mid-Feb – Early March.

Expected rehearsal schedule: Tuesday nights 7-9pm. April to September.Sundays closer to the performance dates.

Performance dates: Saturday 26 September-Saturday 3 October (excluding Monday 28 September). Evening performances with exact time to be confirmed with venue.

Payment arrangement: Profit share arrangement based on % of takings weighted on size of the role, according to the Equity Coop Theatre Contract.

Character descriptions

Quill – Approx 30 years old. Educated, intelligent middle class professional who has never really thought about or questioned the world outside her loving relationship and is now way out of her depth. Quill is totally lost and devastated by being separated from her wife and naively trusts in her innocence. She is fiercely protective and determined to get her back and acts impulsively, with only this goal in mind. (5 scenes)

Eden – Approx 30. Educated, middle class professional with a beautiful voice who is completely in love with Quill. Within the 9 year relationship she has always been gentle, loving, funny, sweet, and reflective. She is constantly singing sweet and calming tunes. But when triggered by her father becomes an impulsively violent killer without remorse who is quite mad and unpredictable. (3 scenes)

Nova – 30-45. Attractive, maternal, sardonic woman. She is working class, but intelligent and selectively educated by the system so as to present well enough to the elite upper class she works as escort to. She is bitter about her assigned career and the loss of her deep love with working class boyfriend Jimmy, hates and mistrusts the system, but has all but given up on life outside the prison too. (4 scenes doubles as character Bones)

Bones – 40+.Middle class woman.In the prison for 13 years under terrible conditions. Starved, neglected and subjected to automated programming designed to break the spirit, she’s forgotten the outside world, herself and is a shell of a person. She both loved and hated Casper, the only other person in her world as she was both companion and competitor. Talking to Quill helps her to remember some of her humanity.

Bianca – late 20s. Attractive, highly sexed, middle class art gallery manager.A great believer in fine art and beauty. A supporter of the systems use of prisoners as entertainment, she never imagined herself as someone who would be part of it for her mistake in judgement over displaying an anti government art piece. Although not enjoying her incarceration, she is in some way secretly enjoying the attention and the idea of herself as a rebel. (4 scenes doubles as second character Casper)

Teag – 20-40. Predatory and aggressive, tough working class woman. She deals with her incarceration by objectifying, bullying, torturing and sexually abusing more vulnerable girls. She is not intelligent or strong enough to lead the cell, and happily submits to being Cane’s second.

Cane – 30s.Highly intelligent middle class woman who was part of plotting an overthrowing of the system for which she was arrested.Both physically and mentally strong which is how she has become the leader of her division.While she rages at her incarceration on lower prisoners, her only focus is on her mission, and the hope that she will be liberated by other Rebels when the government is overthrown. (1 scene)

Del – 20s.Small, frightened, weak, defeated middle class girl. Originally naive, impulsive, and thoughtless Del was arrested for a very minor crime. During her first week in Division A, she stupidly stormed into division B during a verbal fight with another prisoner. Now she is haunted by her mistake. Trapped at the mercy of a violently aggressive sexually predator and enduring daily abuse, has completely broken her spirit and she does nothing to make her conditions any worse, submitting to the abusers she despises. Deeply depressed and hopeless, she focuses only on the day her abusers will time out and she will have peace. (1 scene)

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity, please contact us to organise a time to discuss the project.

Yours sincerely,

Previous Projects

The Prince’s Quest (January 2013) – A pantomime comedy musical about same-sex marriage set in a fairytale kingdom. This production featured as a premier event of the MidSumma Festival, and was staged at the Northcote Town Hall.

Bristleface (September 2012) – Youth theatre production at The Collingwood Underground Theatre written to engage and provide opportunity for young people from the Collingwood Housing Community to become involved in theatre, song, and puppet making in a supportive environment with mentoring by experienced child actors. Sponsored by The Harold Mitchell Foundation, Bendigo Bank and Austage.

Matilda’s Project (January 2012) – Educational children’s theatre production performed at CERES Learning Centre, which promoted the notion of family diversity and inclusivity. The producer’s profits were then put towards creating an e-book & teaching resource pack for schools. Sponsored by Ceres Environmental Park & Collingwood Rotary.

Mill Boys (September 2011) – Play performed at The Collingwood Underground Theatre which provided community support by engaging and donating funds to the Collingwood Housing Estate ‘Men’s Shed’ group. Sponsored by The Bendigo Bank, Collingwood Rotary, Xax Apparel, City of Yarra and City of Bunbury among others.

 

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Saying Goodbye to DMA Patron Stella Young

PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR
STELLA YOUNG

A public memorial service will be held to rejoice in the life, achievements and legacy of the fabulously dishonourable comedian, journalist and disability activist Stella Young.

The party will be held on Friday 19th December at 11am at the Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne City. Federation Square will be offering an interactive screening program honouring Stella’s life and work from 9am – 3.30pm.

The memorial service is open to everyone, and admittance will be on a first come, first served basis. We strongly advise getting there early to secure a seat. Doors will be open from 10am for an 11am service (60min duration). All guests are advised to please enter via the accessible entrance on Collins Street.

The organisers will make every possible effort to meet the access requirements of all guests. The service will offer Auslan interpreting, Live Captioning, Audio Description, water bowls for Companion animals, a hearing loop, additional accessible toilets and seating choices for people who use wheelchairs.
Please visit www.artsaccess.com.au for further access and transport information.

People from Stella’s home-town of Stawell are extended an extra heart-felt and warm welcome.

As the Melbourne Town Hall has limited capacity – and in recognition that some people will be unable to travel to the service – it will be simulcast live at Federation Square, on ABC News 24 & on digital radio 774 ABC Victoria.

The dress code is fabulous!
If possible, we’d love you to wear red and white spotted shoes, bright colours and little to no black. Pink or purple hair is a definite bonus, as are the incorporation of chenille stems.

Further information:
info@smartartists.com.au

SEE YOU THERE TO CRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC!

NO NEED TO RSVP – FIRST IN, BEST DRESSED.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS EVENT, LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. 11AM START TIME.

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the ABC, Federation Square, Mega Fun, Arts Access Victoria and Smartartists.

Stella Young in wheelchair

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DMA wins two Antenna Awards!

We are the champions! The 2014 Antenna Awards were held on the 1st October at Deakin’s Edge Melbourne and Disability Media Australia came away big winners! Hosted by Tegan Higginbotham there were guest presenters such as Dave Thornton and Phillis Foundis and video packages featuring DMA patron Stella Young and Minister for the Arts the Hon. Heidi Victoria.Despite the majority of speeches including passionate pleas to Malcolm Turnbull to save community television, the overwhelming feeling in the room was one of positivity and celebration for the little channel that could. DMA won 2 awards from 3 nominations, missing out on Outstanding Factual, Current Affairs or Interview Program to Undercurrent, and winning Outstanding Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program (CALD) for Disability In The Solomons (No Limits) and the big prize Program of the Year for No Limits. The CALD award was accepted by Producer and Writer of the episode Naomi Chainey who filmed while over in the Solomons meeting up  with relatives. Program of the Year was accepted by CEO of DMA Sarah Barton, Chairman Greg Dee, employee and No Limits presenter Nicole Smith, producer and freelancer Naomi Chainey and DMA board member and No Limits presenter Phineas Meere. Congratulations everyone!

The DMA team on stage with the two awards!

The DMA team on stage with the two awards!

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No Limits Nominated for Antenna Awards

We are proud to announce that Disability Media Australia’s television show No Limits has received two nominations in this year’s Antenna Awards.These awards recognise the most outstanding programs and talents broadcast on community television station 31.

No Limits was recognised in the ‘Outstanding Factual, Current Affairs and Interview Program’ for the Disability and Sexuality Episode, and also in the ‘Outstanding Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program’ for “Disability in the Solomons”. Congratulations to all involved in those two episodes! The award ceremony will be held on October 1 at Deakin Edge in Federation Square.


Elvira, Phin, Sarah, Nicole on the panel for no limits

2013 Human Rights Awards

No Limits was a big winner at the 2013 Human Rights Awards, held on Tuesday 10th December at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Season 12, represented by Naomi Chainey, Elvira Alic and Phineas Meere was given the Television Award for the ”positive effect in giving people with disabilities a voice in the media as well as some creative control over their representation”.

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