We challenge accepted definitions of theatre and audience, and create innovative and interactive productions for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. We often use unusual settings, such as hydrotherapy pools and trampolines, as well as incorporating many multi-sensory techniques, including water and bubbles, paper fans, perfume sprays and ultra-violet lighting. We’ve invited audiences to taste bread baked live on stage, sing along with hip-hop DJs, or to dance with colourful balloon flowers. As the show unfolds, the children are encouraged to participate in activities that can alter and impact on the direction of the storyline.http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2012/dec/18/oily-cart-guardian-christmas-appeal
“March 20th is World Theater for Children and Young People Day. Some of you might be thinking, “Oh lord, why do we need a day to celebrate actors being silly, wearing bright colors and singing obnoxiously at squirming kiddos and bored parents?”
But if you think that’s what Theatre for Young People is, you’re missing out on truly powerful, hilarious, bold, engaging, surprising theater that might just save the world.”
Teya Sepinuck from Philadelphia is the founder of Theatre of Witness, a group that puts on dramas to tell the stories of people who would not otherwise be heard, performed not by actors but by the people themselves.
Conflict survivors find healing in theatre group performance. The most recent production, “Release,” portrayed the experiences of six men involved in the Northern Irish conflict which pitted Catholic Irish nationalists seeking a union with Ireland against Protestant loyalists determined to keep Northern Ireland as a part of the United Kingdom.http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/uk-theatre-conflict-idUKBRE9150SC20130206?feedName=entertainmentNews&feedType=RSS