In recognition of Opera Australia’s work with Deaf Children Australia on a Shadow Interpreting Program to deliver a fun and accessible experience for hearing and deaf audience members, Opera Australia has become a finalist in the 2014 National Disability Awards.
These Awards honour and recognise the achievements and contributions that individuals and organisations have made to improve the lives of people with disability, which helps to create a more inclusive and diverse society. This year the Awards will be held on Tuesday 25 November in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra.
In the past twelve months, DCA presented two Victorian school incursion tours and one NSW tour in partnership with Opera Australia. The Opera Australia productions, Cinderella and The Barber of Seville, were seen by more than 7,000 deaf and hearing students, their teachers and deaf community members. For many audience members, these shows constituted their first experience seeing shadow interpreted theatre with Auslan interpreters on stage and in costume. This innovation is a reflection of DCA and Opera Australia’s commitment to present an accessible performing arts experience to all community members, promoting inclusion and diversity.
This nomination is on the back of Opera Australia winning the 2013 Creative Partnerships Arts Access Award with Creative Partnership Australia. To read Senator The Hon Mitch Fifield’s press release on the awards and finalists, see the below attachment.