Partnership with Perth Festival
This year, DADAA completed the final year of our four-year partnership with the Perth Festival. The four-year annual program successfully advanced the profile of disability arts through international artist exchanges, professional development opportunities for local artists and centre-stage performances.
Our 2019 Open Day was held at DADAA’s main location in the Old Fremantle Boys’ School in Fremantle. Artists showcased current work-in-progress in an afternoon of screenings, showings and panels and included actor Julia Hales, star and creator of the Perth Festival 2018 hit You Know We Belong Together, and emerging screenwriter Tina Fielding.
Festival Connect creates community-based projects that resonate with the lives of Western Australians through the exploration of ideas and the sharing of practice. In 2016, Glasgow-based performer with disability Claire Cunningham delivered two performances and ran a week-long series of workshops. In 2017, Jenny Sealey from Graeae Theatre held masterclasses and sector workshops as part of the program.
In 2018 DADAA co-produced with Black Swan Theatre and Perth Festival a brand new show You Know We Belong Together. Featuring writer and actor Julia Hales (pictured above), the work was co-written by Finn O’Branagain with Artistic Director Claire Watson. Julia is a performer and actor with Down Syndrome and her Festival show has emerged from her lifelong dream to be on the TV series Home and Away.