Media Release

RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees) is calling for refugees of all ages to redefine the debate around ?boat people? and refugees. We welcome all the people from refugee background to be part of a new, edgy and exciting Forum Theatre project. Our aim is to conduct a series of theatre workshops, which will lead to three live stage performances at La Mama Theatre in Carlton.

Forum theatre is a practice developed by Augusto Boal, a Brazilian Community Artist. He believed that by presenting social inequality, structural problems and minority oppression in a set of short acts followed by a live discussion people can come up with common solutions to build stronger and more inclusive communities.

What ReDEFIANT is planning to achieve:

We will explore boats, planes and people smuggling through spoken word, performance, and comedy
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We will look at how the headlines define particular ethnic groups and we will challenge the minority stereotypes by asking the members of these groups what they can do to take ownership of their cultural identities
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We will provide a safe space to discuss in depth issues on how whiteness, racism, immigration and assimilation influence refugee settlement and education.
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We will invite guest performing artists of colour to share their lived experiences and their creative process
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Participants in ReDEFIANT will build their skills for effective social justice advocacy and performance making and they will be supported in the development of their artistic pursuit

RISE will present ReDEFIANT at La Mama on November 9, 10, and 11, an iconic Australian performance space that fosters new artists, edgy performances, and new voices.

First workshop will be conducted on the 12th of September, 6pm-9pm at RISE, Level 1, Ross House, 247/251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Suitable dates and times for further workshops will be discussed within the participants? group. The workshops are FREE of charge.

For more information and to register your interest to participate contact RISE at [email protected]. Places are limited.