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Posted in Local Events @ Jan 8th 2014 10:32am - By Administrator

Coming of age is a tricky business, especially when you’re on wheels and life keeps throwing roadblocks at you.

Take a ride in someone else’s wheels.

Propelled is a funny, revelatory and inspiring play based on the experiences of, and starring, Doug Robins.

Doug is 25 years old. He likes football, partying with his mates, and girls. He’s pretty much your average guy except for one big difference. Doug has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy*, and negotiates life’s twists and turns in a wheel chair; not always an easy feat despite the help and support of friends, family and well-meaning strangers.

Life is no blithe spin in the park; stairs aren’t built for wheels, and some doors are easier to get through than others.

Armed with a whole lot of smarts, an impressive capacity for patience and a keen awareness of life’s absurdities, Doug takes a heroic journey into the liminal worlds between boy and man, man and machine, the real and the fantastical, to discover who he is, and in the process finds a path uniquely his own.

‘Propelled’ offers a rare insight into an inspiring life through the eyes of an extraordinary man on a remarkable journey. Take a ride and be transformed. The differences may not be what they seem.

The play is directed by Suellen Maunder. The playwrights are Jane Modric and Douglas Robins .

Jane Modric has a PhD in Creative Arts (JCU) and a Master of Letters (CQU). Her first play ‘Soph and the Real World’ was produced by JUTE Theatre Company in 2013, and was written as part of JUTE’s Enter Stage Write program.

Doug Robins is active in the arts scene of Cairns, where he volunteers his performance skills at Arc Disability Services to spread the understanding that theatre is open to everyone.

Catch Propelled from January 31 to February 8, 2014 at JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts just a few minutes away from our Cairns Luxury Apartments.

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