Beyond the Square
Term 3 Workshops

Venue Off Site Venues
Dates 20 July - 22 September 2022
Category Workshops

Beyond the Square is Riverside Theatres’ drama workshop program for adults with disability.

We are conscious of concerns about Covid-19 and striking the balance between living with it and keeping our communities safe. We currently offer a mix of online and face to face classes to meet the needs of those looking for that opportunity to return to the workshop space and those who wish to continue online for the time being. Go to the enrolment tab and select whether the time is right to return to face to face classes or continue online.

The classes encourage participants to embrace opportunities to explore and grow through drama, movement, music and imagination. Our priority is to create a safe and supportive space where every contribution is respected and valued. The teaching staff are skilled and adept at facilitating an inclusive, skills-based program that includes performance practices, vocal work, listening skills and teamwork. Riverside’s ongoing drama workshop is one of the longest running and largest of its kind in Sydney.

We continue to grow the depth and breadth of our drama workshops, which are the foundation for exploring the creative process in the performing arts, and attract highly skilled artists as teachers, facilitators and directors.

The program is grounded in a sense of community, a place where people feel they belong and have a say. The program supports existing and new social networks.

Riverside Theatres prides itself on its leadership in the arts when it comes to access & inclusion. The Riverside Access platform is anchored around 3 pillars, with participation underpinning the opportunity for people with disability to get involved in performing arts and create works of self-expression. Riverside also supports art form development and has a commitment to programming professional productions and films made by or including artists with disability. While performers are the soul of the performing arts, audiences are the heart and there is a commitment to building relationships and ensuring access to the artistic products people want to see.



The weekly drama workshops offer strong skills’ based experience including physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, creative problem solving, exercises in delivering a line, eye contact, emotions and emotional expression, basic stage craft, and experience performing to camera. Working alongside professional artists, people with disability participate in a drama and movement workshop program designed to build self-confidence, promote wellbeing, increase skills in self-expression, interaction and performing. Each workshop aims to:

  • Embrace the contributions of each individual be it as small as a smile or as large as reciting all the lines from an episode of a tv show
  • Allow for the unique expression of each individual to influence the session and flourish in a supportive, positive and respectful setting.
  • Open up the possibility of choice and decision making to give a greater sense of ownership over the workshop for participants.
  • Respect all ideas and contribution

Riverside’s Beyond the Square makes every effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants. If participants require personal care or behavioural support to fully participate in the program please provide your own specific support person or carer. This is crucial to the successful running of these workshops.

There are 3 face-to-face classes times and 1 online class in this weekly workshop program. Please go to the Enrolment tab to enrol and nominate your preference

Term 3 Workshops:

Face to face –
– Wednesdays at 10am from 20 July – 21 September 2022
– Wednesdays at 12pm from 20 July – 21 September 2022
– Thursdays at 12pm from 21 July – 22 September 2022

Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: $150
– Wednesdays at Burnside Gardens Community Centre, Blackwood Place, Oatlands
– Thursdays at North Rocks Senior Citizen Centre, cnr North Rocks Rd & Farnell Ave, Carlingford

Online – 
– Thursdays at 10am from 21 July – 22 September 2022

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $90
Location: Zoom link – emailed on payment of invoice

Term 3 will run for 10 weeks

Please Note:
Our workshops are currently capped at a maximum of 15 individuals. If you wish to submit an application for multiple individuals please do so and we will be in contact regarding available places.
Classes require a minimum number of participants to proceed.

Enrolment Enquiries:
Sophie Clausen, Program Coordinator – Access
Riverside Theatres
tel: 02 8839 3368

Program Enquiries:
Alice Williams

Both Riverside Theatres and Studio ARTES have Covid Safe Plans. A specific plan has been developed for the Beyond the Square workshops, and is available for download here: BTS COVID-19 Safety Plan

– Key elements to the plan include:

  • All teaching staffing and workshop administrators are fully vaccinated and up to date with booster shots.
  • All participants and support staff attending face-to-face workshops are required to be fully vaccinated unless they have an exemption. If exempt, we will require supporting evidence.
  • NSW Health advises that when in an indoor area of premises’ face masks are required. All staff are expected to wear face masks and will follow the NSW Government guidance on when a face mask can be removed, including for communication purposes.
  • All attendees to face-to-face workshops are required to check-in on arrival at the workshop venue. Check-in is manually, as part of roll-taking.
  • There will be temperature checks at the entrance door to the venue.
  • Limits to venue capacity and physical distancing during the workshop apply.
  • We will be implementing personal hygiene strategies including hand sanitizing and hand washing.
  • People are strongly advised to stay away if they are feeling unwell or have been deemed a close contact to someone with Covid-19.
  • Workshops spaces and communal items will be cleaned and disinfected prior to each class.

For guidance on wearing face masks, please click here

Updates to the COVID-19 policy and procedure will be posted onto the website, in response to the latest NSW Government guidelines and their latest Public Health Orders.

The Institute of luck is a forum for theatre practice, research, and socially engaged projects that increase our capacity for choice between actions. Its performance developments, teaching and community engagements are a collaboration between a collective independent artists who have a depth and variety of experience in theatre, research, and community engagement particularly with people with disability.


Alice Williams is an independent artist living on Gadigal land working between socially engaged theatre projects, devised performances, and research, whose collaborations, performances and papers have been presented through local, interstate and international theatre festivals, community development programs and conferences. In 2020 she completed her PhD The Production of Luck: learning to act in the discipline of Theatre Anthropology through practical research with historic Danish intercultural theatre Laboratory Odin Teatret – Nordisk Theatrelaboratorium (NTL), graduating from the University of Sydney department of Art History and Film.  Her practice has been supported by the Australia Council of the Arts, the Ian Potter Foundation, Kath O’Niel Fellowship, Doctoral Research Travel Grants Scheme, Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, the Australian Postgraduate Award, the City of Sydney Arts and Cultural Grants among other grants and fellowships. She is interested in theatre as a form of connection with ourselves and one another, that produces what we didn’t know we were looking for.

Alison Bennett was the Program Manager for the NIDA Open course Drama for People with an Intellectual Disability between 2017 – 2021, responsible for writing course content and the overall management of the course. She has facilitated workshops and presented projects between theatre, writing and film projects for people with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities since 2014 for Casula Powerhouse, Milk Crate Theatre Company and the Powerhouse Museum. She has created new works of theatre with non- English speaking students at Langues-en-Scene in Paris as well as facilitating workshops with ATYP, NIDA Open, Casula Powerhouse & Shopfront Centre for Contemporary Youth Arts. She will be developing a new solo work, ‘Introducing Aunty Jude’ as part of the Brand X Residency program in July. At NIDA she is also a tutor on the BFA (Acting) program teaching comedy, grotesquerie and clowning.

Felicity Nicol is an award-winning Performance Director and Artistic Director from Sydney, Australia. A graduate of the NIDA Director’s Course, she has gone on to work with prominent artists from around the world, including Ontroerend Goed (BEL), Punchdrunk; and, Gecko Physical Theatre (UK), Illutron (DEN) and Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN). Felicity also holds a particular interest in working with young people, which has led her to working with Australian Theatre for Young People; and Spark Youth Theatre (AUS), Mit Ohnes Alles (GER), The Torontonians (CAN) and Company3 (UK).

Felicity’s mission as an artist is to interrupt our assumptions about people, and the world, in order to shift the cultural lens towards those who need it most. With this in mind, she has created work for 10 Nodi Festival (IT), Ruhrtriennale (GER), HAVEN Festival (DEN) and Wiener Festwochen (AUS). Felicity is a recipient of Australia Council for the Arts grants,Create NSW grants, a Mike Walsh Fellowship and the Sandra Bates Directors Award.
Her favourite career highlights include directing at The Sydney Opera House, creating a one-on-one performance for audiences in a moving car, and directing a non-verbal performative memorial via clowning, beer and a slide-show.

Matte Rochford is an artist from Dulwich Hill who works with performance and installation, particularly focusing on the medium of VHS videotape. He has studied Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney, and performance and theatre making at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. He has gone on to show both static work and performances in galleries including; Mori Gallery, Artspace, 55 Sydenham Rd, Peloton, Serial Space, Home at 735, Verge Gallery and Kudos Gallery. His performances have also been seen at Performance Space, PACT, The Red Rattler and at festivals and warehouse venues. In 2015 his work Progressively Degrading Test Pattern was included in the ‘Technologisms’ survey show at Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne alongside work by Nam June Paik and Christopher Burden. He has worked on projects by artists Tino Sehgal and Marina Abramovic. Matte works in the public education system at primary school level and has hosted community art workshops with Penrith City and Auburn councils.

Bob Deacon is a performer hailing from the town of Nyngan in Central Western NSW and is now based in the Inner West of Sydney.  He has a Diploma of Creative Arts and Health from the University of Tasmania and runs creative classes for people with a disability.

He has performed stand-up comedy shows at the Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.  His theatre credits include ‘Cosi’ with the Lane Cove Theatre Company, ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ with the Bondi & Eastern Suburb Theatre, ‘Tommy’ with the Mosman Musical Society, ‘Last Drinks’ with Brave New Word Theatre, as well as winning awards at Short + Sweet Festival.

Bob has created and acted in several short films and has one of the highest viewed Nutbush dance video (around 500,000 views) on Youtube.


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Dates and Times:

Term 3 Workshops:

Face to face –
– Wednesdays at 10am from 20 July – 21 September 2022
– Wednesdays at 12pm from 20 July – 21 September 2022
– Thursdays at 12pm from 21 July – 22 September 2022

Online – 
– Thursdays at 10am from 21 July – 22 September 2022


Face-to-face Workshop

90 minutes

Online Zoom Workshop

60 minutes

Ticket Prices

Face-to-face Workshop (10 Weeks) $150
Online Zoom Workshop (10 Weeks) $90

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