CHRIS READY TO CAUSE RUCKUS
Chris Bunton has never let having a disability stop him from achieving great things and now he’s teaching others to follow their dreams through his love of theatre.
FROM standing on stage with his back to the audience, Chris Bunton has grown into a confident performer.
The St Clair resident is among six performers in RUCKUS, a Sydney theatre ensemble which challenges preconceptions about people with disabilities.
The very name represents its members’ intention to be noticed. Just ask his mother Halina Bunton, who advises other parents of children with Down syndrome to: “Treat them equally, they will learn. You can’t wrap them in cotton wool.”
That approach has worked wonders for her son, who is also an accomplished gymnast representing Australia at the Special Olympics and World Games.
As a RUCKUS founding member, Bunton, 26, recalls being chosen by ensemble director Alison Richardson following a performance at NIDA.
Ms Richardson said RUCKUS was full of professional and committed artists.
RUCKUS has started a crowd-funding campaign to help stage its next major production, Speed Of Life, in May.
The final development stage of the production involves an international exchange with Epic Arts, an arts centre in Cambodia.
Donations can be made at: ruckus.org.au/donate.