Raspberry Ripple is a Disability Led theatre company. We operate around the Social Model of disability, which says that the barriers put in place by a world designed for ‘normal people’ disables us far more than our bodies ever will.
We want to celebrate the deliciousness of diversity and apply it to existing and new work while exploring and debunking the myth of perfection.
Above all, we want our audiences to leave having been inspired to question their constructs about disability.
NB: ‘Raspberry ripple’ = Cockney rhyming slang for ‘Cripple’
NB: The definition of disability-led applies to organisations in which the CEO or Lead Creative and 50% of staff and board have a disability.
Our mission is to create theatre of a professional standard using disabled performers, writers, directors, designers and technical artists.
In Australia, the theatre rarely characterises people with disability. And on the rare occasions that it does, invariably an able-bodied actor will play the role.
At Raspberry Ripple we aim to change this. We aim to be instrumental in creating a pathway into mainstream theatre for disabled performers.
At our productions able-bodied and disabled performers will work together, adding fresh dimension to classic and contemporary text, and creating bold new material.
We will build a truly inclusive rehearsal process.
In this atmosphere, writers with disability will be valued, and inspired to share their point of view, showing relationships between disabled and able-bodied people which have never before been articulated on stage.
In this way, we will change our industry.