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.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Pic­ture: PHILLIP ROGERS

Pic­ture: PHILLIP ROGERS

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