Riverside Theatres strongly believes in access to the arts for all. Through many conversations and listening to our audience and artists we work hard to put the ideas into action. We aim to increase the opportunities for everyone to get involved in the performing arts. We strive to do this through Participation, Artist Development, and Audience access.
Riverside Theatres’ Beyond the Square program is the foundation of participation and aims to develop a sense of community, a place where people feel they belong and have a voice. It supports existing and new social networks through performance workshops and events.
The program offers participants a chance to create, explore and play. Beyond the Square is also a program for creating opportunities for people with disabilities to extend their skills and guide or support them in performance and theatre making. The program encourages people to develop as artists and provides strong skills based experience, alongside professional artists. One of the particular strengths of the program is in the quality of the teaching staff, lead by Suzy Dunne, Cymbeline Buhler and Brett Rogers, with talented guest artists joining us throughout the year including Kay Armstrong, Valerie Berry, Alicia Gonzalez, Kiki Skountzos and Amber Virtue.
On November 15, 2017 Riverside’s Beyond the Square participants and their carers presented their end of year showcase work titled #beyondthesenses. Suzy Dunne, Director of the performance explains more:
Our thoughts. Our feelings. Our senses. Ourselves. #beyondthesenses
We rely heavily on the five senses to process the world around us. They guide us, protect us and enrich our everyday lives. Every minute, our senses detect sights, sounds, smells, tastes and emotions. They allow us to perceive and identify our surroundings and inevitably enhance our connections with others. Without our senses, would the world make sense? Join us as we embark on a theatrical and multisensory journey and travel #beyondthesenses.
The day was also supported by Rapid Relief Team. The Rapid Relief Team are an extraordinary organisation of volunteers who support local communities in times of need and are generously donating the food and their service for the BBQ. They are Community. Compassion. Support. Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. Over time, they’ve channelled their support efforts into four key areas: youth, emergency services, homelessness, health and disability. Inspired by community spirit and the gift of giving, a steady movement of volunteer efforts across the globe developed into a committed charitable organisation – now known as the Rapid Relief Team (RRT).
Below is a series of photographs, captured by Jamie James, of the performance.