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Italian communities in Griffith, Newcastle and Wollongong will have the opportunity to access disability information through theatre as the play “Io Mammeta e Tu: Me, Your Mother and You” travels across the three towns over October and November 2018.

This theatre production is part of SSI FutureAbility, a project that has been looking at innovative ways of engaging with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. The show provides information about disability, the NDIS and how to access services to improve the quality of life for people with a disability, their families and carers.
"To address this need, we commissioned a group of artists to write three theatre plays to talk about the specific cultural issues of disability in the Greek, Italian and Macedonian communities. Some of the themes include cultural issues prevalent in these communities such as elderly parents or carers of adult children with disability that are likely to require information in their first language,” said Georgia Zogalis, Project Manager of the FutureAbility program.

In March, the Italian play “Io Mammeta e Tu: Me, Your Mother and You” had eight performances at the Canada Bay Club and the Marconi Club in Bossley Park, with over 600 people in attendance. The Italian community identified a need to expand the scope of audience to other areas in NSW, and now, this theatre play presented by Teatro Arte and SSI, will be performing in Griffith, Newcastle and Wollongong. Check out the details below:

Griffith – The Yoogali Club
26 October, 7:30pm
27 October, 7.30pm
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Newcastle – Club Azzurri
3 November, 7.30pm
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Woolongong – The Fraternity Club
10 November, 7.30pm
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Io, Mammeta E Tu is the journey of five Italo Australians living with disability. With stories, song and dance, they explore what it is like to live with disability And then finally, through a clear understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), we celebrate lives changed forever!

The play has been written in the original language, covering cultural-specific issues relevant to the Italian community. The play will be performed in Italian with English subtitles. 

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