Nov 072017

Now we are at the end of writing of the script! It has been a great experience for me to work with amazing scriptwriter Finn O’Branagain. We have been working hard writing and editing the script since July.

Finn is on the left of the picture and Julia on the right. They are on opposite sides of a thin table looking at a computer screen. There are art objects around them and white walls

I am the star of the whole play and acting on stage as Claire Stewart as well. This is making my dreams happen. It’s about the Down syndrome community and Home And Away, and there will be a party with dancing at the end. I have other performers with Down syndrome on stage with me.

I have learned so much researching the history of Down syndrome. It is so interesting finding out about how sad it was for people who were put in institutions, how people with disabilities including Down syndrome were treated, and howthey used to live together in one place – the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum.

I want this play to help people to learn more about Down syndrome’s history, and not to be scared of having babies with Down syndrome, and giving people who have Down sydnrome a great life.

I want all doctors to please give new parents who’ve had the test for their babies with Down syndrome to give them the right information to keep their babies.

Now we are going into the development and putting it on stage for the first time – reading the script and trying it out.

I am very exited to be in The Blue Room for the development. Thank you to the people at The Blue Room for supporting and funding of play, and letting me use the space for workshopping for development.

I have done a play at The Blue Room before – many years ago, for WAAPA. I am looking forward to being there again working on my play next week.

It’s been great working so far in the new building of DADAA WA, The Old Boy’s School in Fremantle. It’s very big and beautiful, with a lot of space for people to work.

Thank you to everyone for your support for this play and working with me to make my dreams happen.

Thank you to the Australia Council, The Black Swan Theatre Company, DADAA, Perth Festival, and Finn O’Branagain, and thank you for setting up for me to meet the cast of Home And Away! It was so exciting.

I’m looking forward to developing the next part of the show.