For each complex needs show, an independent academic evaluator undertakes an analysis of audience feedback from adults who have accompanied young people at a performance, and compiles their findings in a report.
In 2014 and 2015, Dr Andrea Creech of London University’s Institute of Education completed evaluations of TUBE (you can download the full report here) and THE BOUNCE (you can view and download the full report here).
In 2016 and 2017, Dr Maria Varvarigou of Canterbury Christ University completed an evaluation of LIGHT SHOW (you can view and download the full report here) and MIRROR MIRROR (you can view and download the full report here).
Dr Maria Varvarigou's most recent evaluation is of KUBLA KHAN. Below are her key findings and some audience feedback - you can view and download the full report here.
- 96% strongly agreed or agreed that this was an enjoyable shared experience.
- 96% strongly agreed or agreed that the child/children enjoyed the multi-sensory elements of this show.
- 96% strongly agreed or agreed that this show was fun for the child/children attending.
- 98% strongly agreed or agreed that they would recommend this show to others.
The attention to detail in the sets and props and the way the Oily's genuinely cared for our children and wanted them to have the best experience was just perfect. Every single child who went on the Kubla Khan adventure (all 60 of them!) 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.
Staff member at Gibside School
To see all the pupils engaging in their own ways was just the most magical experience and at times quite an emotional one. To see some of the pupils totally engaged from start to finish with a constant smile on their faces, to some pupils who it can be hard to get responses from and keep them engaged for such a length of time normally, they did amazing giving some lovely responses to looking, smelling, eye contact, listening the slightest changes in facial expressions was absolutely amazing.
Staff member at Sheringham Woodfield's School
I have never seen my student pay so much attention for such a long time. He was engaged the whole time... All needs were fully supported for my students. The performers were amazing and very inclusive.
Staff member at Trinity School
I just don't think I could imagine a performance that is more responsive to the way individual children engaged with the experience.
Staff member at Victoria Park School
It was as if you knew our child. The water/sand/music/stones/food were all the most motivating things in his world.
Audience member at The Albany
My child was engaged throughout. She gave the performer eye contact which is something she doesn't do in class all the time. She vocalised throughout which again is rare in a class setting. Lots of smiles too.
Staff member at Millwood School