The Disability Slapstick Plan is a Melbourne based ensemble of artists with physical disabilities.
In partnership with acclaimed international Indie theatre legends David Woods and Jon Haynes of Ridiculusmus they have created a paradigm shifting play about access.
There are four members of the group: Betty Bobbitt; Eva Sifis; Trevor Dunn and Jess Kapuscinski-Evans with experience ranging from writing and performance for television and theatre, spoken word, composition, rock music performance, motivational speaking, fiction and memoir writing to political activism within the disability and queer sectors and academic research.
The partnership will undertake a period of professional development with guest international directors and choreographers: Lucy Guerin, Jeremy James and Samara Hersch, develop new material and deepen their artistic exploration of access.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
Inclusion, recognition and respect, a celebration of diversity
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
The freedom to create without a production deadline can be a black hole for some artists. We have scheduled an intricate programme of work and exploration to avoid this pitfall. Using time constructive like this is crucial for a successful and fulfilling life for all of us and as artists we rarely get this as we scrabble around in a low paid gig economy for survival.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
Detailed rigorous work with a brilliant team of artists, enthused and empowered by an inclusive methodology.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
As the eye of a catalytic storm that will transform the artistic landscape. As respected professional artists of international standing. Our aim is to use the project as a foundation for national and international touring on our terms - accessible, inclusive and respected.