For life-changing election night drama, book your seat at the Sydney Opera House
Powerful performances by Can You See Me? Theatre will challenge your views on life, love and disability
Election night will be life-changing for many – none more so than the nine actors with a disability who will take centre stage at the Sydney Opera House for the debut performance of their new production Nightbook.
Can You See Me? Theatre is an initiative of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. It features nine actors with cerebral palsy working alongside able-bodied actors.
Nightbook is their second production, and follows last year’s sell-out performances of Circumspecto which was the first production for the Sydney Opera House featuring a theatre company in wheelchairs.
CEO of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Rob White, said Nightbook was a powerful production focussing on the nonsensical world of dreams where physical disabilities prove no limitations.
‘Nightbook’s actors are captivating and courageous’, Mr White said. ‘It is a brilliant piece of theatre that will entertain and at the same time change the way the world views people with a physical disability.’
Under the guidance of renowned director Chrissie Koltai and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Drama Director Kylie Harris, the actors with cerebral palsy have refined Nightbook over the past 12 months.
The company performs in and through a series of dreamscapes, with the actors passing by, through and observing each other’s dreams. Sarah yearns for a holiday; Glenn rejects his lover; Robbie is in a nightmare and survives to live his dream. The able-bodied actors help bring the dreamscapes to life.
‘The actors in Nightbook give an inspiring performance’, Kylie Harris said. ’They express complex and sometimes painful ideas fearlessly but they also love to sing and dance. Hence the dreamscape is made up of songs, dances, poems and stories that will connect with the audience and challenge them to reconsider their views on life, love, and importantly, disability.’
Can You See Me? Theatre will present three performances of Nightbook – 8:15pm Saturday 7th September and 3:30pm & 6:30pm Sunday 8th September. For bookings, go to sydneyoperahouse.com
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Released on 30 Aug 2013