Each year Oily Cart tours two original productions to over 6000 children, young people and their families / carers across the UK. We make our work accessible to those with the most complex needs – with profound and multiple disabilities, with an autistic spectrum condition, and most recently deafblind and multi-sensory impaired audiences.
Too often our audiences have little or no access to the arts. Last year over half of Oily Cart audiences engaged in theatre for the first time.
“I have taken my daughter to 5 different Oily Cart shows and each time I am reduced to tears. Tears of relief that a group of talented artists actually want to work with children like mine and are attuned to awakening interest and enjoyment in a wide variety of needs. Here in an Oily Cart show, every one is equal. You literally cannot put a price on the feeling of acceptance and pride seeing your child take part in a performance with people they haven’t met before, these are valuable skills being taught beyond just the experience of the show” Audience member
We rely on the generous support of individuals, businesses and trusts to maintain our work. Find out how you can help us make a positive difference to the lives of these young people and their families.
‘Every child’s need was met. We saw reactions in some children that we hadn’t experienced before. Very emotional and very moving!’
Audience feedback, Splish Splash
Oily Cart considers this work to be of great importance because it aims to:
- Make a positive difference to the lives of young people and their families, who are often excluded from cultural activities because of the barriers they face through disability
- encourage participation in and enjoyment of cultural activity for the very young and young people with severe learning disabilities, aged 3–19
- provide shared social experiences where families can participate together
- respond to significant demand from special school and family audiences where there is a serious gap in cultural provision for these audiences
- raise the public and cultural profile of these audiences and the importance of cultural provision for them
- place the young person with a disability as the reason for and the central focus of the work
Or send a cheque payable to Oily Cart to Smallwood School Annexe, Smallwood Road, London SW17 OTW