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Oily Cart’s Associate Artist scheme: Spotlight on FEEL Theatre

19 June 2018

A vital but often unseen part of what we do here at Oily Cart is supporting and nurturing artists creating theatre for early years audiences, and young people with complex disabilities. We are publishing a series of blogs to shine a light on the individuals and theatre companies who are part of our Associate Artist mentoring scheme, to reflect on their experiences and celebrate the amazing work that they're doing - you can catch up on our first blog with Debbie Bandara here. This latest blog is from FEEL Theatre, the most recent company to join the Associate Artist scheme...

FEEL Theatre is formed of Natalya Martin, Erika Noda and Philippe Oodian. All three of us studied BA Acting and Community Theatre at East 15 Acting School. We specialise in sensory stories, shows and experiences as well as offering workshops for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). We want to give our audience a range of experiences that encourage growth in life skills, social skills, and personal and emotional development.

We're very excited to be a part of the Associate Artist scheme with Oily Cart. Being a part of the Associate Artist scheme is fantastic and it gives us lots of brilliant opportunities and helps us in a variety of ways. We are lucky enough to have two of our members (Natalya and Erika) invited to Oily Cart’s summer school, ‘Creating with the Cart’, to learn more about and develop skills in making theatre for children and young people with complex disabilities. We are also able to use Oily Cart’s rehearsal space to rehearse or develop our work. In addition, we are able to ask for advice and chat to the Artistic Director, Tim Webb, whenever we need too! This kind of support is incredible for a new emerging company such as ours, and it is definitely something that we believe is needed more of in the arts. It makes us feel confident, encourages us to keep going, as well as continuing to help us be innovative and passionate about what we do.

Our current show is Sensory Circus; a 30-minute UV and LED glow performance which is followed by a 30-minute sensory play session, suitable for young people and children with Profound and Multiple Disabilities (PMLD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Sensory Circus is doing a 2 venue tour in October 2018 and we are currently fundraising for it!

For more information about FEEL Theatre and their work, visit www.feeltheatre.co.uk. Follow FEEL Theatre on social media: Instagram, Twitter @FEEL_Theatre, and Facebook