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AWA Supports Back to Back Theatre

10 May 2019 |Community

AWA Supports Back to Back Theatre

10 May 2019 |Community
Community Connections Grant supported by AWA Alliance Bank

Studies show one in five Australians are living with a disability. Unfortunately, these people are exceedingly vulnerable and suffer from the effects of social exclusion. This can result in extreme feelings of worthlessness, loneliness and hinder social and academic development.

In July 2018, Back to Back Theatre received a grant of $10,000 from the Give Where You Live Foundation. This Community Connections Grant, supported by AWA Alliance Bank, has assisted in funding Back to Back Theatre’s Community Program, which aims to provide social, cultural and economic engagement for disabled people in the Geelong region.

Performers at Back to Back Theatre

Back to Back Theatre is a renowned performing arts organisation that provides people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in programs of professional theatre-making and creativity. The company creates new work in Geelong then tours the productions locally, nationally and internationally with an ensemble of five actors.

The profound impact of Back to Back’s Community Programs is demonstrated by now touring ensemble member, Victoria Marshall. After just 18 months with Back to Back’s Community Program ‘Theatre of Speed’ and stunning the audition panel, Victoria’s life has completely transformed. This year she will embark on a national and international tour with the company where she will have the opportunity to perform at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals.

“Theatre of Speed makes me feel welcome and I love doing new stuff. Nothing worries me at Back to Back ,” says Victoria.

Victoria is just one of thousands in the region who have been positively impacted by Back to Back’s Community Programs.

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