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May 14, 2021

The Tale of One Arabian Night

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Kebab (Heath O’Connell, Princess Jasmine (Frances Smith, Mr Y (Saffron Shand) and Prince Poo Bah (Zion Stewart) in the Tale of One Arabian Night. Photo Aslan Shand.

The Tale of One Arabian Night played to a full house yesterday bringing hilarity and engagement as part of a totally inclusive event.

The mixed ability drama group Arcadia Plus has been working towards their performance for several months and gave a hilarious show that was enjoyed by family, friends and the students of Brunswick Heads Public School.

The drama group has been run by local drama teacher Brian Dale, who also runs Bright Lights performance school, for the last six years.

The kids from Brunswick Primary had a great time being included in the  show throughout the performance.

‘It is good for the kids to see people of different abilities,’ said Brian.

Madam Prue in the performance of The Tale of One Arabian Night. Photo Aslan Shand.

‘Everyone is welcome to join the group. We had a lot of fun putting the show together. I write the shows to be really interactive and in a way that plays to everyones strengths. We get ideas from everyone, there’s a lot of improvisation and we use what they enjoy doing.’

While the show did suffer from a sound issue part way through Mr Y (aka Saffron Stand) stepped in to save the day with a brilliant range of Y jokes involving chickens, eggs and bicycles with flat tyrese.

The group is also supported by disability support services ACCnet21, RedInc and Byron Bay Care.

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