The Interacting Trust was established in 2006 to develop the potential and capabilities of disabled people through participation in all aspects of theatre.
In 2007, Interacting ran a series of introductory drama workshops throughout Auckland with the financial help of Auckland City Council Creative Communities Fund aimed at accessing as many people as possible interested in being involved. A number of people from these workshops went on to star in the December production at the Glen Eden Playhouse of “The Deadly House party”
In January 2008, Interacting began work on an ensemble theatre piece with six actors called “Into the Naughty Corner” drawn from the actors own experiences. It is a moving sometimes hilarious exploration of what its like to grow up different. The six actors have all lived and worked through intellectual disabilities and use the play as a medium to speak about their experiences.
2009 “Into the Naughty Corner” has gone on to be performed in schools, at the Auckland Fringe Festival, 2009 and as a double bill with “The World in Focus” at the 2009 Mau Festival.
“My head’s in a whirl” – Interacting in collaboration with A Supported Life presents an inimitable take on Shakespeare. With a cast of over 20 and an original script, music and dancing, this production is a roller coaster ride through laughter, pathos, tears and sheer spookiness!
2010 ” Journeys”. A show produced in collaboration with the Cerebral Palsy Society and Iris.
2011 InterACT Disability Arts Festival. This inaugural festival took place at Corbans and Glen Eden Playhouse in October 2011. Over 3 days, artists, performers, presenters and musicians delighted and entertained over 900 people. With everything from belly dancing to wearable arts to making sculpture with recycled items and people coming from as far away as Wales and Rotorua, the InterACT Festival exceeded the organisers wildest dreams in terms of quality and quantity. So much so, that they have decided to run it again the next year. Since then InterACT has become an annual event. See this website for more details of how you can be involved.
2011 Interacting begins to run film and drama classes at Nathan Homestead in Manurewa in response to popular demand ( see Getting involved for more details)
2012 Interacting began new drama classes at TAPAC in February and film in April. This was alongside weekly drama workshops at Corbans in Henderson. In collaboration with PHAB in Takapuna, drama classes started on the North Shore. InterACT 2012! is a resounding success at Corbans Estate Arts Centre.
2013 Interacting began new drama classes at Howick Little Theatre run by Bronwyn Bent. InterACT 2013! attracted over 3000 with over 450 people performing on stage and a stunning Gala night.
2014 The premiere of Bionic Valentine, Interactings full length original production at InterACT 2014!
2015 The premiere of Once upon a Court Case, a hilarious re interpretation of the Goldilocks story at InterACT 2015!