The Disability Trust Altogether Drama Program

Merrigong Theatre Company works in partnership with The Disability Trust to provide adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a program of activities working with professional theatre artists. 

All activities are tailored towards the needs of the participants, enabling them to learn new skills, perform on stage and develop their creative side in a fun and supportive environment.

Altogether Drama - Classes (IPAC)
Weekly drama classes are held on Saturday mornings at IPAC, corresponding with school terms. These classes are taught by a theatre professional, and there is a fee for attendance.

In addition, Workshop Intensives are held on weekends and are open to participants who attend Altogether Drama classes. Weekend Intensives are a fun and creative program of activity offered over two full days, and may offer participants the opportunity to learn skills such as clowning, music, costume, film-making, hula hooping, movement, improvising, story-telling and working with video and lighting technology. There is a fee for attendance. 

Altogether Drama - End of Year Show
An end of year show involving Altogether Drama participants is created every second year. The work is created during weekly classes, with extra classes added as show time gets closer. The production aims to showcase the skills and abilities of all participants.

In years when there is no end of year show, participants may present short works as part of The Disability Trust end of year concerts and/or participate in Wollongong's community festival Viva la Gong.

Professional Theatre Opportunities 
Through our partnership with The Disability Trust, Merrigong Theatre Company is committed to developing and producing mixed abilities theatre work in the Illawarra. Our first production was The Man Who Dream the Stars in February 2014.  The work involved two actors from the Altogether Drama group (Phillip Prentice and Malcolm Allison) and two professional actors (Alicia Battestini and Drayton Morley), working with a team of professional creatives to produce a high calibre professional theatre production.

Mixed abilities theatre projects undergo a lengthy development process and include professional opportunities for members of the Altogether Drama program.

Enquries
Please call Michael Norris on 4255 3100 or email michael@disabilitytrust.org.au

We would like to thank Peoplecare for their support in helping Merrigong engage with young people in the Illawarra by funding projects that create and facilitate inspiring theatre experiences.