St Albans: The Feast has the WOW factor

A blend of mime, comedy, singing, percussion and puppetry make The Feast a way out way to bring to the stage the unique talents of 13 artists with disabilities.

The 45-minute show will be staged at La Mama Courthouse Theatre as part of Arts Victoria’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

The Feast performers are all from the Way Out West (WOW) program at St Albans, an Arts Access Victoria initiative that supports the creative efforts of people with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families.

Arts Access development officer Rachel Walker said the show would be a feast in all senses.

“It has trickery, card tricks and very comedic parts. The costumes are stunning, and it’s quite an experience for the audience,” she said.

Artistic directors, Fleur Dean and Russ Pirie are also experienced actors, and the cast has been rehearsing since March at the Westvale Community Centre.

Arts Access program manager Paul Dunn said being chosen as part of the La Mama Spring Explorations season was encouraging for the WOW program, which was funded by Djerriwarrh Health Services.

“The performances have always been done on a shoestring budget,” Mr Dunn said. “It [La Mama] gives [the artists] the chance to produce it in a more professional and sophisticated way.”

The Feast is on November 28 and 29, at 6.30pm, and November 30 at 2pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.