Performer with Down Syndrome holding their hands up to their ears to listen

Company in Residence: Rawcus

UHT’s Company-in-Residence program is an opportunity for students to work closely with industry professionals as they develop their theatre and performance ideas. The 2020 Company-in-Residence is theatre ensemble Rawcus. Rawcus, and their Artistic Director Kate Sulan, will engage with students across a range of activities including theatre laboratories, mentorships and workshops.

About the Company:

Rawcus is a critically acclaimed ensemble of performers with and without disability who create distinct performance work and deliver exceptional arts experiences. Collaborating with a core creative team led by Artistic Director Kate Sulan, Rawcus devises new work that expresses the imaginative world of the Ensemble. Drawing on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines, the work is crafted with a precision that supports the performers but allows space for their inherent sense of anarchy. Rawcus’ performance aesthetic is characterised by a marriage of intense physicality and arresting visual imagery. Rawcus’ work is sculptural, unexpected, beautiful, funny and tender.

“World class theatre – sumptuously imagined, visually stunning and profoundly moving…” – The Age

Rawcus’ work has won and been nominated for numerous awards and has featured as part of Dance Massive, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Next Wave and Melbourne Fringe. In 2019 Rawcus was nominated for a Helpmann Award for ‘Best Production of a Play’ for Song for a Weary Throat. This production has also received three 2018 Green Room Awards; Best Production, Best Ensemble and Music Composition and Sound Design. Rawcus has worked collaboratively with diverse Australian arts companies including Restless Dance Company, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Born in a Taxi and Chamber Made.

“A moving assertion of humanity with a wicked sense of humour..” – The Age