Students take to the stage to highlight disability issues

 Gulls_Theatre_ProductionOC Connections has partnered with students from Montmorency Secondary College, who are using a well-known Australian play to highlight inequality for people living with a disability and to send a strong message for change.

MSC student, Hayden Marks said through performing the play, ‘Gulls’, about an intellectually disabled man, students hoped to raise awareness about ways in which the disabled are often marginalised in society.

“At school we learn about racial, sexual and gender equality, yet rarely talk about equality for the disabled. Through ‘Gulls’ we hope to show that people with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities, have thoughts, emotions and feelings the same as everyone else.”

Written in 1983 by playwright, Robert Hewett, and first performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company, ‘Gulls’ is Hewett’s dark and often humorous response to the ‘Richmond Report’, a NSW government inquiry into the state of health services for the psychiatrically ill and developmentally disabled. As a result of the report, widespread changes swept through the sector, including the closure of ‘asylum-like’ accommodation facilities and which saw those with intellectual disabilities move from large institutions into community care, group homes or other residential facilities.

Hayden said the play also raised issues about the ethical and humane treatment of people with a disability and the potential consequences these people faced from being marginalized.

Money raised through ticket sales will be donated to OC Connections.

“We wanted to support a local organisation involved with the disabled and hope the money we donate will go some way towards assisting them with the great work they do,” said Hayden.

Students will stage three performances of ‘Gulls’
at Montmorency Secondary College, Para Road, Montmorency.

  • Friday 13 May at 7.30pm
    Saturday 14 May at 1.30pm
    Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm

Tickets $10 each can be bought through the school (T: 9422 1500)

Visit the Gulls Production Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mscgulls)

For further information, contact Hayden Marks on 0468 619 590 or email gullsplay@gmail.com

 

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