Courtroom drama unfolds at CCG

26 June 2017

A group of adults with disabilities have found their creative side writing and performing their own courtroom drama skit in preparation for the Gippsland Parasteddford.

The group from Yooralla at Drouin attends Community College Gippsland (CCG) each Friday. These students are undertaking a Pre-accredited program called Learn to Communicate to assist them to develop confidence and communication skills.

CCG Trainer, Michelle Buntine, said the participants were growing in confidence each week and discovering new aspects of themselves through humour and expression.

“Their courtroom drama ‘Friends, thieves, burgers and cars’ has been written by the group who developed the characters, the dialogue and selected the music,” she said.

“It has been fantastic to watch their progress over the last few months working as a team and generally increasing their self-awareness and awareness of others.”

Members of the Yooralla drama group

Team effort: Tanya Ross, Murray Lyster, Michelle Buntine, Jason Bird, Alan Vagg, Brad Tomkins, Trent Websdale, Michelle Price, Erica Leonard and Andrew Cowen will perform together in the Gippsland Parasteddford in Warragul on 8 August.

Yooralla’s Drouin Community Hub is a meeting places where people with a disability learn new skills, meet new friends and get out in the local community. This is the third year the Drouin Community Hub drama group have participated in the program. It gives Yooralla customers the chance to build a whole host of skills, community connections and the opportunity to engage in activities that match with their personal interests.

The drama class held in June was also boosted with the addition of two Community College Gippsland General Education students assisting the group as part of their study unit.

CCG students Tanya Ross and Erica Leonard said it was wonderful to come into the class each week and work with the participants.

“It has given me a taste of what it might be like to be a teacher’s aide or personal carer. It is very fulfilling to help others,” Tanya said.

The group has performed their skit to a small group of staff and students at CCG to practice performing in front of people.

Working together, they will continue to fine-tune their theatrical skills in preparation for their big performance in the Gippsland Parasteddford in Warragul on 8 August.

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