Theatre Terrific Society Showcases Performers With Disabilities

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Theatre Terrific Society (TTS) is Western Canada’s oldest theatre company for people with disabilities. With $15,000 from Innovations, TTS was able to launch its professional company and work with eight actors in creating and performing Naked Oranges. Naked Oranges featured performers with a diverse range of disabilities including mental health, developmental, and physical challenges. The play was mounted in February and March 2006, at Performance Works for an audience of 500, including sold-out opening and closing performances. It was also presented at the Carnegie Community Centre to 100 people and the World Urban Festival to an audience of 55.

The play opened the audiences’ eyes to possibilities in theatre art, raised expectations, and gave voice to what is often an artistically marginalized population. TTS has since continued to evolve its company with new theatre productions. It has also been in discussion with other disability arts groups to explore possible partnerships.

Innovations invests in arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to create new opportunities for community members to participate in arts and cultural activities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.