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arts Writer Carole Lander attended the the show Contest at a relaxed performance.  Photograph courtesy Sarah Walker. for the Melbourne Fringe which was held last month (September). Anna Seymour produced a deaf dance party called SPIN, hosted by a deaf DJ. Sarah Houbolt staged Koo Koo the Bird Girl which charts the history of a female performer with disability who was continuously cast in freak shows – an unfortunate truth about many differently abled performers until recent time. Consider, for example, how short-statured people were the jesters and clowns of performance and not only hear is another. The Darebin team works European royalty in medieval days, the actors’ voices but learn more hard at this, collaborating with Arts and in the late 1800s American about the performance from a voice- Access, Stage Left, Description showman P.T. Barnum toured the over providing extra information Victoria, respite houses and many world with a troupe – with names through headphones. more organisations to attract such as General Tom Thumb – who During the weekend September people who otherwise might not feel sang, danced and cracked jokes to 22-23, The Civic Square (at Northcote welcome in the space. And to top this packed audiences. We have come a Town Hall) was given over to games, off, they offer access tickets for $20 long way since then. dances, arts, music for the whole (with the code word ACCESS), when family and the whole community – the regular price averages $38. Another service that can make theatre enjoyable for those who identify as having a disability is including people with disability. Having an accessible, inclusive called ‘audio description’. This is for program is one thing; getting the vision-impaired people who attend a idea out and attracting audiences What a great place to live in if you’re into the arts – with or without a disability. www.darebinarts.com.au Fold, Pack, Travel. Whether you are cruising, flying or driving. This portable scooter folds up in just 20 seconds 1300 622 633 www.scootersAus.com.au linkonline.com.au SCA33002 arts 35