Get Out There (GOT) Drama Group GOT-2-ACT head to Australia
Cornish based drama group of young deafblind people, GOT-2-ACT are getting ready to travel to Perth at the end of October as part of an exchange programme between national deafblind charity Sense and Senses Australia, a charity for people with disabilities.
During the trip the group will have morning tea with Her Excellency the Governor of Western Australia as well as performing two short plays at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough, Perth on the evening of Wednesday, 28 October. They will also perform an “interpreted” play performance at the Perth Mossman School for the Deaf.
The GOT-2-ACT drama group, which formed just over a year ago, is part of the wider GOT Group which was set up to meet the needs of children and young people in Cornwall with sight and hearing loss. Funded by Cornwall Council, the 24 member GOT group has gone from strength to strength and is now being piloted by two other local authorities.
The group received outstanding critical acclaim for their performance of ‘American Idol’, the life and times of deafblind activist Helen Keller in the local area. From this, the group were invited to perform at the Deafblind International European conference in Belfast and the world Deafblind International conference opening ceremony in Romania earlier this year.
During the trip to Australia, the group will be having tea with the Governor, and the group will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Senses Australia service, and explore the city of Perth.
Following the trip to Perth a return visit is being planned for next year when children and young people with sight and hearing loss from Australia will be invited to stay with families in Cornwall.
I am a huge supporter of GOT and it is fantastic that in just one year, the GOT-2-ACT group has been formed and has delivered outstanding performances, both in Cornwall and in countries across Europe. Now, as a result of their success, they have been invited to perform in Australia
This is a wonderful chance for members of this very special group to share their experiences and show what can be achieved with the right support. All those involved in the GOT group should be very, very proud of all the work they do.
Funding for this trip has come from parents; Sense Cornwall branch; “The Lounge”, Truro; fund-raising and donations.