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Kubla Khan

It was a miracle of rare device
A sunny pleasure dome with caves of ice!

Welcome to the world of KUBLA KHAN, a multi-sensory pleasure dome that you can touch, taste and smell. From the sounds of a kora to the feel of a flowing river, experience the temperatures and textures of Coleridge's acclaimed poem as the aroma of incense drifts by...

Oily Cart's astonishing new work for young people from age 3 to 19 comes in three distinct versions:

For those with profound and multiple learning disabilities

For those on the autism spectrum

And for the first time ever for the Oily Cart, for those who are deafblind with or without any cognitive impairment.

Coleridge’s poem KUBLA KHAN is brought to life in this multi-sensory, highly interactive and all-enveloping production enhanced by live music. The intimate and interactive performance is limited to six young people at a time, each supported by an adult carer to maximize their involvement.

This video demonstrates the best way to sit down on the KUBLA KHAN chairs, and is also an opportunity for the young people attending to familiarize themselves with the characters. Check out the gallery of images from the show here

There is an Interactive Social Story available to download for free from the iBooks store onto IOS devices: type 'Kubla Khan Tim Webb' into the search field and it will appear as the only option. The music from the show can be purchased on CD Baby. The first track is a Sensory Soundtrack Story which can be used as an activity session for young people who have seen the show; you can download the accompanying instructions from the preparation resources available above.


A masterclass in sensitive, sensory, immersive theatre.

Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine

Moving and inspiring in equal measure.

Miles Hedley, The Greenwich Visitor

Audience feedback

Our fourth visit to see an Oily Cart performance and they just keep getting better!...I cannot recommend enough. The way they adapted the show for my deafblind daughter was incredible.

Audience feedback, The Gulbenkian

It has been amazing to give our pupils such an incredible experience, one which I think will stay with them and one I know will certainly stay with me.

Teacher, Sheringham Woodfields School

Every single child who went on the KUBLA KHAN adventure demonstrated the most amazing responses - they laughed, they shared their excitement, they reached out to the adults to communicate with them in ways we just hadn't seen, and they had so much fun. After every show, the adults who were supporting the children shared such heartwarming stories that the rest of us were in tears hearing about it.

Teacher, Gibside School