Be visible. Be present.

Compareo is BMEC's inclusive arts program, providing an exciting opportunity for people with disabilities to explore performance skills.

The facilitators are:

Catherine McNamara - Catherine facilitated her first performing arts program for people with disabilities at the ASPHAD Centre in Lima, Peru. She formed the ‘Performing Hearts’ group at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Sydney from 2016-2018 and continues to work in disability. Catherine has had 15 years’ training in traditional dance forms and four years’ training in BodyWeather, a contemporary dance method that emerged from Japan. Catherine co-wrote an interactive children's show, 'Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium' with Erth Visual & Physical Inc. For the past five years she has performed in this work and toured regional Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Abu Dhabi.

Nel Kentish - Nel is a Bathurst-based theatre maker and teaching artist. Since 2015, her drama company for young people, Beloved Monster, has been producing new theatre works by young people aged 5 to 15. Beloved Monster’s most recent show, Murder at the Manor, debuted at the Ponton Theatre in December 2021. Nel is a sessional academic at Charles Sturt University, lecturing in theatre making, production, and communication. Nel most recently supervised the final year Theatre and Digital Media students’ online theatre festival, Sprung Festival, and its suite of new theatre works, in October 2021. Nel is an independent theatre maker whose performance company, Big One Little One, has toured at festivals across Australia. Big One Little One won the Best Live Art award at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and has been nominated for several Green Room Awards.

Smith & Jones - Smith & Jones are a duo from Bathurst, made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, with guitarist and vocalist Sophie Jones, have never been ones to follow the pack. Though classified as alt-country, their goal has never been to remain within the confines of any genre, preferring to let their sound and their songs take them where they will. Since their very first meeting in 2014, Smith & Jones have toured extensively with their two albums Dark Gives Way (2017) and Something Worth Learning (2019) in tow, but always with their live shows at the heart of their partnership. 2022 will see Smith & Jones release new recorded work which looks set to further their reputation as a duo worthy of their high regard as both a live act, and their sensitivity and skill as songwriters and recording artists.

Carers are encouraged to attend.

The cost of the workshops are $33 per week. This can be paid in weekly instalments.

Please contact BMEC for more information 6333 6161.


Tuesdays (starting 1 February 2022)

12.30 - 2.30pm


$33 per week


Phone: (02) 6333 6161