This week has been World Autism Awareness week and here at Handmade Theatre we are always keen to support such campaigns. We feel privileged to have worked a lot with groups of young people on the Autistic spectrum and have been thoroughly inspired by their creativity.
For us a year long residency in 2011 at Rosehill School in Nottingham, for children with Autism was the start of our journey as a company and led to the creation of our first big production The Flying Machine. This production encouraged our audience to imagine travelling through time and space, encountering new places, people, objects, stories and characters. As a result we have encountered some of the most imaginative new creatures and lands. A favourite, which came from a boy of around 8 years at Sutherland House school was the image of our Flying Machine surrounded by ‘ghost butterflies’ – just wonderful!
We remain dedicated to ensuring all our work is accessible to these young people, embracing a sensory and participation approach. As we begin work on our new production How Time Flies we will again be working with student at St Andrews school and look forward to all the fun and learning we can share together!