Get Involved in Workshops and Performance

Drama skills are life skills, and drama workshops are tailored to the individual goals and abilities of each participant.

Up to 100 adults with disabilities participate in developmental drama workshops and training programs every week. It is in these workshops that new talent and ideas for new productions are discovered and developed. Each performer started in a developmental drama workshop.

Click on the NSA Participants below to view their profiles.


Abner Bradley is a multi-instrumentalist (violin, trumpet, percussion, recorder, blues harmonica). He is also an emerging actor, having performed with No Strings Attached on and off (mental health permitting) since 1998. He was a musician in Touched (1998) and Retouched (1999). In 2001, he toured to regional SA and the KickstART Festival in Vancouver with In Your Wildest Dreams.

Since 2005, Abner has been a core member of No Strings Attached's Men's Ensemble, performing annually in workshop touring productions of Hit da Roof (2005), Shades (2006), Xplorations (2007) and Needs (2008) and Black White & Read All Over (2009). He is thriving as a seedling in Preparing the Garden and has become a support tutor with No Strings Attached recreational drama workshops.

 
Josh is a Larrakia, Wadaman and Karajarri man from the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Other ancestors came to Australia in the 1800's from Ireland, China, Germany, Japan, England, The Philippines and Scotland. In 2011, he devised his own character for 'Lost in Confusion', a film produced at workshops during The Other Film Festival in Melbourne. 'Lost in Confusion' screened at The Other Film Festival in 2013. In 2012, Josh was awarded an Australia Council Jump Mentorship for his work as an emerging actor; as a mentee, he worked with Back to Back Theatre on their Darwin and Tennant Creek tour of 'The Democratic Set'. In 2013, this young actor moved from the NT to SA to become part of Adelaide’s vibrant disability arts scene. Josh is an active member of both No Strings Attached and Restless Dance Theatre. His professional debut in Adelaide was performing as an understudy in Sons & Mothers (2013). Josh is also a key performer with the NSA / Kura Yerlo workshop called Tracking Culture, performing as Mar the Cockatoo Man in 2015. Josh also performs with Restless Dance Theatre.
 

Paddy joined NSA’s Men’s Ensemble in September 2015 as an 18-year-old in Year 12. He made his NSA debut in the third creative development of The Angel Project. Away from school and acting, Paddy writes and illustrates stories about a fictional alien race he invented calls Poliskins.

I have been a performer with No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2009 when I joined the Mixed Doubles workshop. We perform every year in NSA showcase called connect! As a performer with Mixed Doubles, I also toured to the Awakenings Festival in Horsham VIC in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, I was invited to join NSA’s professional training program called “Preparing The Garden” where I participated in several creative developments and completed a short film on disability and dating. In 2011 I was in the comedy workshop called “Cracking Up” run by the Mental Health Coalition. In 2012/13, I participated in the creative development of a No Strings Attached/Urban Myth co-production called “The Shelter is a Trap” -- this was my first creative development where I learned how to follow a script and how important collaboration with other actors, writers and directors is when putting on a performance. In May 2014, I performed with Tutti Arts in my first major theatre production called “Eye Music”. During that time I developed and strengthened valuable stage skills like how to manage my time when on set, what is expected of me on set and time management. I believe that the experience that I obtained during “Eye Music” is going to be crucial to my success in the creative development we’re calling “Of Two Minds”, NSA’s new piece being devised NSA’s Women’s Ensemble. I am a proud founding member of NSA’s Women’s Ensemble, and we will perform “Of Two Minds”, at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Rachel joined NSA in 2002 to perform in “Hidden”. Rachel danced with the Restless Dance Theatre for nine years in nine productions and two major tours, including the 2000 Paralympics Arts Festival in Sydney. In 2002 she received a grant from Arts SA to go to London to undertake three months of tutor training, mentored by Wolfgang Stange, Director of AMICI Theatre. In 2008, NSA recommended Rachel for the lead role in the short film “Work Ready” produced by graduating students from AC Arts. For her performance, Rachel was nominated for Best Performance in the South Australian Screen Awards. Under the mentorship of Cole Larsen (Screen Production lecturer at Flinders), Rachel wrote and directed her own short film entitled “Brown the Dirt”. In 2008, back at NSA, Rachel co-created “Turkish Delight”, a cabaret duet with Netta Yashchin. In 2009 she worked with Julie McNamara to co-create “Steak & Chelsea”, performing at Adelaide’s Feast Festival and in London. Under Maude Davey’s direction and NSA’s auspice, Rachel performed with Emma J Thompson in Moira Finucane’s “Salon de Dance” in the 2010 Feast Festival. Rachel is an active member of NSA and is a founding member of NSA’s Women’s Ensemble (2015) which will perform their devised piece called “Of Two Minds” at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Rachel was an active member of Tutti Arts for six years, and is currently a member of the Restless Senior Ensemble. She is also studying for a BA in Drama at Flinders University.

Duncan has been a member of No Strings Attached since 1994. His stage performances include: “Norwood At Work” (1994), “Ability Rules, OK?” (1996), “Retouched” (1999), “Hidden” (2002), “Catching The Juice” (2003). Since 2004, Duncan has been a core member of NSA’s Men's Ensemble, performing annually in workshop touring productions. In 2007, with Julian Crotti, he co-created the roles of the original Toms in the critically acclaimed “Tom The Loneliest”, in Adelaide and in Melbourne (2009). For his performance at LaMama’s Carleton Courthouse Theatre, he was nominated for a Melbourne Green Room Award. Duncan was a core ensemble member of the award-winning production and tour of Sons & Mothers (2010-2014), and participated in all three creative developments of “The Angel Project” (2012-2015).

Kym is a lifelong theatre enthusiast. Deep focus and ever-present joy define his work on the stage. Kym joined NSA in 1999 to take on a key role in “ReTouched”. In 2001, he toured to regional SA and the KickstART Festival in Vancouver with “In Your Wildest Dreams”. Other NSA productions include “Hidden” (2002) and “Catching The Juice” (2003). In 2005 and 2006, he created and performed “Trapped” with Alirio Zavarce. In 2010, “Trapped” toured to Vanuatu and, in 2011, won the inaugural Graham F Smith Foundation Peace Award at the Adelaide Fringe. Since 2004, Kym has been a core member of NSA’s Men's Ensemble, performing annually in workshop touring productions. He was a core ensemble member of the award-winning production and tour of “Sons & Mothers” (2010-2014), and he participated in the first and second creative developments of The Angel Project (2012-2014). Kym is also a member of Restless Dance Theatre’s Senior Ensemble.

 
Ryan joined the Men’s Ensemble in 2007 and has performed on NSA’s annual tours to Horsham’s Awakenings Festival (2007-2010). In 2009, he was selected to perform in a 2009 SHINE SA DVD about disability & dating. Ryan was a core ensemble member of the award-winning production and tour of “Sons & Mothers” (2010-2014) and an ensemble member in all three creative developments of The Angel Project (2012-2015). He is a committed heavy metal fan and bass player.

Richard Samai is a Torres Strait Islander born in Adelaide. At 33, he began to explore his connection with his culture and country (Western Torres Strait Badu mob). Richard brings intense physicality and grace to performance, and he relaxes by standing on his head, climbing trees and taking long walks (he's known to walk from Marion to Port Adelaide).

With dancer and choreographer Tina Barry, Richard created Lionheart (2005-2006) to explore connections of place & loss, including the passing of his mother. He joined No Strings Attached in 2003 as an ensemble member of Catching the Juice. He is a continuing member of the Men's Ensemble.

 

Zara came to NSA in 2014 for a Work Placement from Mt Barker TAFE. Based on her performance work that week, and on her enthusiasm and talent, Zara was invited to join the newly-formed Women’s Ensemble. “Of Two Minds” will mark her debut as a performer with NSA. Zara has also performed with Mt Barker’s Ink Pot Theatre.
 
Damien spent his first four years in hospital with a rare chromosomal defect; doctors told his mother that he would never walk, talk or eat. Now in his 30s (walking, talking and eating), Damien has been a performer with NSA since 2003 (“Catching The Juice”). In “The Ride Of Babs and Sonny” (Adelaide Fringe, 2006), Damien and Jo Zealand discovered their connection as clowns in a dream about friendship and consequence (and Damien's favourite ‘song’, The Ride of the Valkyries). Damien is a continuing member of the Men's Ensemble, performing annually in workshop touring productions. He was part of the first creative development of The Angel Project in 2012, and a core ensemble member of the award-winning production and tour of “Sons & Mothers” (2010-2014).
 
Justine joined NSA’s Mixed Doubles drama workshop in 2014, and performed that year at the Disability Expo and at connect! In October 2015 she was invited to make a cameo appearance in “Angels” (the third creative development of The Angel Project). Her life’s dream is to be an active member of a theatre company.
 
Ben has been a performer with NSA since 1999 when he was part of the original creative development of “In Your Wildest Dreams”. He re-joined the Men’s Ensemble in 2004, performing annually in workshop touring productions and was a core ensemble member of the award-winning production and tour of Sons & Mothers (2010-2014).