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Monkami Performance – Picnic at Hanging Rock

By October 20, 2009October 25th, 2009One Comment

Monkami is a not-for-profit organisation that provides services for people with intellectual disabilities. The organisation has a strong emphasis on community involvement and in proving an holistic approach to care, through encouraging their clients to participate in educational, employment and creative opportunities.

An example of this creativity is the Monkami Drama Group, which is now in its third year of performances. This year the Drama Group presented Picnic At Hanging Rock, a performance loosely based around the book and film, but with creative input from the actors, who are clients of Monkami.

As a result, the audience in the Karralyka Theatre was entertained by a creative script and cast. The actors choose the character they wish to play and work that character into the overall script of the performance.

The resulting performance was highly entertaining, with characters that included the Riddler, Doctor Who, Goldilocks, Dorothy and Dexter and concluded with the audience participating in the Time Warp.

At the end of the performance the actors and director participated in an open forum proving an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about the show. This helped provide an insight into the creative processes involved in delivering the performance.

The Monkami Drama Group demonstrates the capabilities of people with disabilities and planning is already underway for next year’s performances.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:

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