Oily Cart

by swisscottage / May 21st, 2014 / in Archive 2013/14 / 0 Comments

Swiss Cottage learners received an exciting visit from ‘Oily Cart’ a theatre company for young people with complex disabilities.

Oily Cart incorporates a vast array of multi-sensory techniques including water, bubbles, paper fans, perfume sprays and ultra-violet lighting. The performers are trained to respond sensitively to each individual’s reaction and to tailor each sensory experience to the young person with whom they are working.

Our drama studio was transformed into a marvellous performance space complete with swinging hammock chairs for learners to swing, bounce and spin in. Learners enjoyed a performance about a fabulous variety of tubes – tubes filled with sound, tubes glistening with kaleidoscopic colours, tubes that puff out gentle breezes and the scents of the natural world.

During this performance we learnt that:

  • Sounds can make fun vibrations;
  • When you blow from a straw onto your skin it can tickle;
  • Some smells are nicer than others;
  • If you hit a drum full of plastic confetti with a stick it can make a good noise; and
  • That sometimes you just don’t need an umbrella and that it’s fun to get a little wet
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