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Oily Cart

Light Show

LIGHT SHOW is for 3–11 year olds and comes in two tailored versions:

1. For children with profound and multiple learning disabilities


2. For those on the autism spectrum

Oily Cart invites you into a magical paper palace, where the sensory delights of nature unfold to provide the audience with a fully immersive experience.

Creating distinct silhouettes, in an exquisite play of light and shadow, a serene papery white landscape transitions from a beautiful warm day at the beach to a dreamy moonlit wonderland. The show takes participants on a multi-sensory journey of textures, smells and tactile experiences, all accompanied by enchanting live music from a virtuoso double bass player.  



There is an Interactive Social Story available to download for free from the iBooks store onto ipads, type ‘Light Show by Tim Webb’ in the search field and it will appear as the only option.

LIGHT SHOW toured special schools and arts venues in Autumn 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016. 

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Entering an Oily Cart production is like entering a different world, and it’s one every child should experience.

Children's Theatre Reviews

It's a show with minimal dialogue—a few of the simplest words, gently created from music and movement, touch, sight, sound and smell too. Its appreciative audience may not believe it but Oily Cart doesn’t always achieve every aim that it sets itself—always striving to provide a better experience. What is certain is that they make a huge difference, bringing new experience and joy into lives that can be far from easy.

British Theatre Guide

The young people were very engaged in what was going to happen. The small responses we might normally see in certain pupils were magnified and all the children, no matter how complex, were engaged throughout.

Teacher 

An absolute pleasure to watch and see such delight in a child's face. 

Teacher, Bluebell Park School, Liverpool

As my daughter has gotten older she has lost more and more confidence and finds it hard to talk to people she doesn't know or interact with others. This was great as she not only interacted with an inanimate creature (!), but she spoke to the actors as well. It was really nice to see her involved and looking so happy. Lovely to be in such a safe feeling space. 

Audience feedback, Tramshed 

The Bounce

Developed with support from Ockham's Razor this new multi-sensory and highly interactive show is created for young people from 3-19 who are defined as having Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Using trampolines, video projection and live music with a Middle Eastern flavour we will be exploring bounce in all its forms from gentle to exuberant, carefully adapting our performances to the specific requirements of each participant. The show comes with on-line resources to help you to prepare for and follow up on the live experience.

View an instructional video on how best to get on and off the trampoline here. Download the interactive social story on your ipad by clicking here, it should be opened in ibooks and it might take some time to download.   

THE BOUNCE toured special schools and arts venues in Autumn 2014 and Spring/Summer 2015.

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This sort of work requires a huge amount of adaptability and ability to think on your feet and is a very long way from playing a role in a scripted play.

Susan Elkin, The Stage

Carefully devised activity that values its young participants.

Timothy Ramsden, Reviews Gate

A big thank you to the beautiful and amazing Oily Cart performers and crew. My son had a magical experience today and not only was he 'allowed' to be himself but his individuality was encouraged and celebrated. I found it emotional and beautiful to watch him be immersed in such a creative and loving environment. THE BOUNCE is a very special production that's reminded me how special my beautiful son is.

Audience comment on our Facebook page

I have honestly never seen my son as excited and happy as I did today at your show THE BOUNCE. It was a truly special experience for him and one that I don't think either of us will ever forget. It was so refreshing to be at an event that specifically catered for young children on the autistic spectrum and you did it flawlessly. We don't often get to go and 'do things' like most families and I wish there were more companies like you. Thank you once again for making my boy (and his mum) so happy and we'll look forward to your next production!

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Tube

TUBE is for 3–11 year olds and comes in two tailored versions:

1. For children with profound and multiple learning disabilities
2. For those on the autism spectrum

Oily Cart returns with a brand new kinesthetic adventure for children with complex disabilities. In a wonderland conjured up from 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 – young participants will bounce, swing, spin and sway in luxurious leaf chairs.

TUBE is a highly interactive experience, with performers adapting to the specific requirements of each individual in the audience.
View a video on how best to get into the leaf chairs here.
View an introductory video to TUBE, particularly good for children on the autistic spectrum here.

TUBE toured special schools and arts venues in the UK in 2013 and 2014.

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It sounds extremely simple and, in a way it is, but this sharing of sensations is beautifully structured to become an entertainment by a set of skilled creators and performers. Just watching, even without direct participation, is a pleasure.

British Theatre Guide

Webb and his team have found ingenious ways of appealing to every sense – hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste – and it is profoundly moving when suddenly you see a door of understanding and enjoyment open for a child who seems normally to be generally trapped within his or her impairment.

The Stage

The show was absolutely fantastic. Completely relevant for our children. I've never experienced anything like this before and could see the children thoroughly enjoyed it!

Teacher, Hope School

Lovely experience (for all!) - students smiling and generally engaged right the way through. Never seen some of our livelier pupils so focussed and so attentive for that length of time. Very different to anything I've seen before.

Teacher, Bidwell Brook School

 

Pool Piece

In each show two young people and their carers join Umbrella Man, Bubbles, and Sponge in the water of a hydrotherapy pool for a series of interactive multi-sensory sessions. Our underwater lighting transforms the pool into a magical environment and live music is played on authentic gamelan instruments at the side of the pool.

POOL PIECE toured special schools in London during June and July 2008 and to special schools around the UK in September and October 2009.

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Watching the children's responses to Pool Piece it is clear that Oily Cart's work is testament to the fact that theatre created with a strong aesthetic and high artistic values can also have tangible other benefits. A silent, unresponsive child suddenly whoops with delight; another movers her eyes to follow both sound and light.

Lyn Gardner, Guardian Unlimited

My first experience of Oily Cart was truly magnificent. It was mesmerising for both myself and the children. I feel very privileged to have been part of it. The children were so absorbed by it all, and it gave them such a magical experience - something they won't forget.

Teacher, Victoria School

Oily Cart was utterly amazing. I had the privilege of being present with my son. The sheer joy and wonder on his face throughout the experience is a memory I shall treasure. I have told many people about how wonderful it all was, but after each conversation had to add that a mere verbal description could not do it justice. You have to see it to believe it! Everyone should see this or be able to experience it. Thank you for every smile and laugh you gave both my son and myself.

Audience feedback

Blue

"The Blues" are played from Memphis to Mali. An intimate show involving original live music, innovative lighting, and interactive video projection, BLUE takes place within a specially constructed installation, the ‘Blues Shack’. The audience are invited to enter this ‘wonderland’ evoking the sights, sounds and smells of the deep south, and spending some time with Belle, Lightnin’, Champion, Ace, Skip and Big Jack as they await the arrival of their train.

BLUE toured special schools in the UK in summer 2006 and from May to October 2007 including a three-week residency at the Unicorn Theatre, London.

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What's interesting about the work is the way it breaks down all the traditional barriers between performer and audience and the rules that cast the actors as active and the audience as passive. The show opens with the children offering up the contents of their own "blues boxes" of precious memories and objects. This is not a theatrical experience that you watch, but one that you all share. Other contemporary theatre-makers should take note.

Lyn Gardner, Guardian Unlimited

It was a fantastic experience. The pupil I was supporting showed every emotion possible - something I have never seen before. You certainly had a special key to unlock it all. Brilliant.

Teacher, Watergate School

Pupils were engaged throughout and very relaxed and happy. They thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, evoking very positive reactions. It was an ideal opportunity to engage parents with their children in a non-confrontational situation with no pressures, just shared enjoyment.

Teacher, Paddock School

Many of our pupils continued to talk about the experiences after the performance and act out the different sequences - wonderful recall and communication resulted. Ideal for our pupils - would be extremely difficult to better it. One pupil has carried his postcard day and night since the performance and will let no-one else touch it!

Teacher, Watergate School

Saw BLUE today with our autistic son...To think that he could manage a whole 45 minutes so calmly and enjoying a completely new experience was a true miracle. Please thank the cast for a wonderful afternoon...They might not have realised how much it meant to us to have a positive time with our son.

Audience feedback, Unicorn Theatre

Conference of the Birds

Inspired by the 12th century Persian poem, CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS took place within an enchanted, nest-like environment. Live music, based on traditional Persian forms, incorporated the young people's names into improvised lyrics as they reclined in gently swaying suspended chairs. The show featured a number of successful innovations, in particular a strand for young people with an additional autistic spectrum disorder and the extensive use of projected video to enhance self-awareness.

CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS toured from June to October in 2004 and from June to July in 2005.

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Every once in a while one discovers a theatre show so special, so beautifully crafted and so emotionally affecting that one feels simply privileged to have experienced it. Conference of the Birds is such a production.

I have no embarrassment in saying I was quite moved to tears by the enthusiasm, joy and contentment which is achieved by this most impressive of theatre productions. * * * * * 5 Stars

Mark Brown, Sunday Herald

A beguiling mixture of art and therapy... It is impossible to know precisely what the children feel; all one can say is that they reacted with visible curiosity to a succession of sensory stimuli. With six performers, [Tim Webb] has created a work that reduces theatre to its simplest ingredients: a story, a message, a succession of physical sensations.

It is all done with tact and charm. As for whether it is theatre or therapy, the point seems academic. It simply reminds one that all art, if it's any good, has a curative aspect. * * * * Four Stars

Michael Billington, The Guardian

Something in the Air

Originally commissioned by Manchester International Festival, SOMETHING IN THE AIR was a collaboration with the aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor. For each show an audience of six young people and six carers were seated in specially created 'nest' chairs and raised into the air to fly in safety and comfort with the Ockham's Razor aerialists. Oily Cart were involved in residencies at three Manchester schools in the run up to the show and there were also six public performances of SOMETHING IN THE AIR at the Contact Theatre in Manchester in July 2009. The show then toured to Newbridge School Oldham, Trinity School Dagenham, The Unicorn Theatre London, and Galeri in Wales during April and May 2010.

SOMETHING IN THE AIR then toured venues and SEN schools around the UK in Spring 2012 to huge acclaim. 

View the Channel M footage of Something in the Air

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Their latest piece – created for children with disabilities or autistic-spectrum disorders, and cannily commissioned by the Manchester international festival – is a kinaesthetic adventure for an audience of 12 at a time. Created in collaboration with aerialists Ockham's Razor, it conjures a forest-like setting where the sound of wildlife mingles with eerie music as the cast fly through the air like exotic birds. We watch from flower-covered chairs that rise up into the air, swing, turn and bounce up and down. We feel as if we are flying, too, freed from the restraints of our bodies and gravity itself. The show is truly participatory, unlike so many others in which it seems as if the cast are having more fun than the audience.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Drum

Oily Cart toured a version of DRUM which is suitable for very young children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The drums in this show were specially made for Oily Cart by Jamie Linwood. Click here to visit his website and see some photographs of the drums being made.

DRUM was so well-received that the rest of the school is demanding an opportunity to see Oily Cart. The actors were patient and professional. I can't speak highly enough of the standard of each performance, the staff and pupils were stunned. The creativity and originality made it a unique and very special experience for our pupils.

Teacher, Castlebar School

I thought DRUM was outstanding - it had original and effective ideas that really interested our children. The actors/musicians were brilliant with the children, and the whole performance was excellently delivered.

Teacher, Woodlands School

Gorgeous

Oily Cart returned to Manchester International Festival for a third time from 27th June - 8th July 2011 with a new commission to create a production for children with profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

With the support of Seven Scent, fragrance creators for PZ Cussons, Oily Cart transformed four Manchester Special Schools into oases of beautiful fragrances and wonderlands of evocative perfumes.

Oily Cart then toured a version of GORGEOUS in Autumn 2011, suitable for young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder in SEN Primary and Secondary Schools. 

The Oily team of all-singing, all-dancing beauticians promenading the UK in order to create a series of stylish transformations.

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Pupils were engaged, transfixed, animated, focussed, engrossed... There were many 'out of the ordinary' responses from some very hard to reach children. Without exception there was a real sense of calm in each room as the character left at the end of the session with both students and staff aware that they had just been part of a very special experience.

Teacher, Priory Woods School

The show was perfectly suited to the ability of my students and kept them engaged for the entire duration. Students responded by smiling, laughing, singing, making eye contact with performers and were all extremely responsive to tactile stimuli. Some of the students seemed uncharacteristically well-behaved and relaxed during the show, which was quite remarkable to witness!

Teacher, William Morris School