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Oily Cart

About us

Since 1981 Oily Cart has been taking its unique blend of theatre to children and young people in schools and venues across the UK. Challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience, we create innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions for the very young, and for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, young people on the autism spectrum, and young people who are deafblind.

By transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ we invite our audience to join us in a world of the imagination. Using hydro-therapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques, we create original and highly specialised theatre for our young audiences. All sorts of shows for all sorts of kids!

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Arts Award Supporter

Oily Cart is an Arts Award Supporter. Our productions tour across the country, offering an opportunity for young people, their siblings and other family members working at different levels of Arts Award to experience and review an Oily Cart show. We are able to offer post-show Q&As (arranged with individual venues and schools) with members of the cast and creative team to give an insight into how we create original and highly specialised theatre for our audiences.   

On occasion, we are able to offer work experience/ placements and volunteering opportunities based at our London office. Young people are given hands-on experience in the office, as well as the chance to engage with rehearsals, and observe prop and costume construction in our workshops. These opportunities provide a valuable insight into the day-to-day work of a producing company because all aspects of the work take place on our premises. For more information, please get in touch here.

Oily Cart is also an active supporter of the Artsmark Award and will continue to advise special schools on multi-sensory and non-verbal techniques relevant to obtaining the Artsmark Award.