Hidden talents revealed in doco

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 7, 2019

ASPIRING filmmakers Bayden and Dylan Redshaw are hoping to lift the lid on how people with a disability live by producing a short film based on Albany theatre production Let’s Shine Brightly.

Produced by Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company, Let’s Shine Brightly is a variety performance starring people living with a disability to give them the opportunity to showcase their public and hidden talents.

The Redshaw brothers have been associated with the company for some time now and were approached by show director Janet McArtney to create a behind-the-scenes documentary film.

It’s all part of a CarersWA campaign called Disabling the Label, aimed at educating mainstream audiences about all the things people living with a disability can do.

“The people in Let’s Shine are very raw, real people, very genuine people; they’re just enjoying themselves and they aren’t here for show, because they’re trying to showcase their talents,” Bayden said.

“So filming them and interviewing them has been quite a natural thing.

“No one shies away from the camera or acts fake when they see it’s recording.”

Bayden said it was a privilege to participate in the project, particularly alongside his brother, as he himself has dealt with disabilities in the past.

He never let them hold him back and he said it’s much the same for other people with a disability – he wanted to highlight that perseverance and drive.

Naomi Lake is performing in Let’s Shine Brightly and will feature in the Redshaws’ documentary, and said she loved being involved.

I love to showcase my hidden talents but coming together? That’s a beautiful thing,” she said.

“To see other people’s hidden talents too… that’s what I love.”

Let’s Shine Brightly will play at Albany Port Theatre on November 30 and December 1 and tickets are on sale now from Paperbark Merchants.