Wednesday, December 5, 2012

'Fear' Keeps Roles From Lauded Disabled Actors

Australia's most in-demand ensemble of actors, lauded this year for creating the nation's best stage play and about to tour internationally, would struggle to make a living outside their theatre company because of what disability advocates call ''fear of the unknown''.
Cate Blanchett has jointly commissioned Back to Back Theatre's next work to premiere in Sydney next year and the company's actors, who all have intellectual disabilities, are in demand from New York to Paris for their tour of Ganesh Versus the Third Reich from next month.
But while Ganesh won best play at this year's Helpmann awards, Back to Back's artistic director, Bruce Gladwin, says its actors ''would really struggle to make a living'' outside their four-day-a-week employment with the company in Geelong.

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