Doorstep Jamboree

Complex Needs show

"a wonderful theatre experience and just what we all needed during these difficult COVID times."

Audience feedback

This Autumn, the Jamboree travelling Balkan band are popping up across London on the doorsteps of families who are still shielding. The band, which includes a sousaphone, clarinet, and singers, will play some tunes from Oily Cart’s sensory gig ‘Jamboree’, in a colourful and joyful celebration of resilience. Each performance will be totally unique and responsive to the individual family, who pick from two options so that their performance is tailored to them:

  • A personalised zoom performance where the young person has a song dedicated to them. This is recorded and added to an album of songs from Jamboree that the family are sent afterwards
  • Three members of the Jamboree Band improvises outside their house for 30 minutes. Before the mini show, the musicians post a bespoke sensory prop, so they can ‘jam’ together through the window or letterbox.

There will also be a pop-up version that tours to hospices, residential schools and children’s centres.

As part of this tour, Oily Cart are proud to release the Jamboree Album. This features tunes that were co-created with young people who are non-verbal, through a research process which embedded Jamboree band musicians in specialist schools around the country to collaborate with young musicians who are non-verbal and labelled as having complex needs.

Jamboree co-creation process

The album is designed to be shared and enjoyed by everyone, disabled and non-disabled. It is Oily Cart’s way of making sure these young people are being listened to even if they are not being seen out in public spaces over the next year or so.

Doorstep Jamboree and the accompanying album are part of the We Shall Not Be Removed campaign. This is an alliance of the UKs disabled artists and disabled-led companies, coming together to campaign for an inclusive cultural recovery #WeShallNotBeRemoved

Production Credits

Lead Artist Ellie Griffiths

Musicians Dunja Botic, Aaron Diaz, Daniel Gouly, Miss Jacqui (Jacqui Adeniji-Williams)

Hosts Griff Fender & Mark Foster

Music Director & Co-composer Max Reinhardt

Rehearsal Music Director Aaron Diaz

Co-composers Jovana Backovic, Dunja Botic, Aaron Diaz, Daniel Gouly, Miss Jacqui (Jacqui Adeniji-Williams), Robyn Steward

With Sound Design contributions from Daniel Gouly

Thank you to all the student musicians, staff and audience at Linden Lodge School, Walton Leigh School, Gulbenkian Theatre

Designer Flavio Graff

Movement Director & Collaborating Artist Genevieve Say

Production Manager Gareth Howells

Stage Manager Marcus Roche

Head of Costume Amy Ford

Head of Construction Hannah Sharp

Costume Assistant Yunhye Choi