Community Arts & Cultural Development

VoiceworksPLUS Musical Theatre 2019

VoiceworksPLUS is a musical theatre and performing arts program for people living with disabilities. Making performing arts available for everyone.

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Vocal Ensemble Voiceworks (VEV) is an incorporated not for profit community choir. We share a Cultural Partnership with the City of Subiaco and have been conducting vocal programs in our community since 2005.

In 2013, VEV, in collaboration with UnitingCare West launched a Musical Theatre program – VoiceworksPLUS for people living with disabilities.  As UnitingCare West is no longer able to financially support the program, VEV has made a promise to the participants that we will find a way to keep this fantastic program running.

Through this program the Voiceworks PLUS participants have been able to explore their creativity and develop their performance talents. It also provides their parents and friends with the rare opportunity to see them up there shining in the spotlight achieving something and having fun. Their families have been filled with pride and delighted to see performances from sons and daughters that they did not think were possible.

What our participants’ family members have said:

“The last concert was exceptional. Often when I invite friends I feel they come because they are kind, but this time we were truly a part of the community, and the performance needed no explanation, it was just a really great piece of theatre, really entertaining.”

“She felt so equal- a precious experience.”

“The joy in this group was evident at the concert, the confidence spilled over. So many fantastic comments from the audience, this was truly inclusion and community at its best”

Heather Henderson, Mayor of City of Subiaco (2005-2017) and Patron of VoiceworksPLUS :
“I proudly support this important program which provides a unique opportunity for people with disabilities to create and develop their performance skills.”

Members of VEV and the local community have volunteered their services and support for the program which helps us to contain our costs but VEV also needs to raise funds to enable the program to continue and to expand.

Our budget requirements are similar to most other community and professional theatre projects: we need funds for venue hire, production budgets for performances, administration, technical and professional support. We also need to cover extra costs like transport and supervision.

VoiceworksPLUS is already making a difference in the lives of the participants, their support networks and their local community.

With your help we can continue to make that difference. Please help to ensure that this wonderful program continues by making a donation today.

VoiceworksPLUS is proudly supported by the City of Subiaco.

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Voiceworks Plus is a musical theatre program which fosters the talents of people who are living with intellectual disabilities.

It began in 2013 when UnitingCare West asked Subiaco community choir Vocal Ensemble Voiceworks (VEV) if they would be interested in expanding their community outreach to include a group of young people with intellectual disabilities who were keen to participate in singing and performance.

Since then the group, have been learning and developing their vocal and performance skills under the direction of Maggie Wilde West, with acting, singing and movement tuition from VEV’s professional musicians and volunteers.

UnitingCare West can no longer support this program but VEV, a not-for-profit organisation has a long-term vision to keep and expand this program where disabled people learn invaluable skills in communication, socialisation, listening, learning, participating and being committed to a shared project.

One parent has said: “Voiceworks Plus has given them a chance to break away from the mundane of life, to stretch themselves beyond what anyone has ever thought them capable, to have a goal and an organised structure to the preparation.”


John Wetherall


Richard Bergmeier


Ray Porter


Donald Burnside


Richard Berg


Brigid Corrigan


John Wetherall


Lynne Abbott




Donna Pershke