It was a dream come true for Centacare clients Jessica, 18, and Lachlan, 22, when they performed to sold-out audiences at Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast last week.
As part of Centacare’s inclusive theatre company Running Duck, they joined 16 other performers in the ensemble’s first major production, ‘An Evening at the Pink Poodle’. The show celebrates the sixties in Australia and included a live performance from legendary pop icon Normie Rowe, who rehearsed with the group.
Jessica was born to perform. While she took part in various eisteddfods at primary school, she couldn’t find the right opportunity to pursue her interest through high school. “Running Duck makes me feel confident and strong,” said Jessica. “I love the interaction and the opportunity to talk out loud to others without being judged. I’ve made great friends and I love getting into costume!”
Lachlan is pursuing his dream to speak out for people like himself. He joined Running Duck to develop the confidence and public speaking skills he needs for his advocacy work, which includes co-chairing the House with No Steps Human Rights Committee. “I want to help people like me and show them that they can do anything they want to,” said Lachlan. “Thanks to Centacare, I have the confidence to stand on a stage and talk about important issues.”
Centacare provides learning and lifestyle services to almost 1000 NDIS participants across South East Queensland. Programs offered on the Gold Coast include street theatre in Currumbin and an after school ‘chill zone’ at Broadbeach.
Phone 1300 236 822 for more information.