Double sensory delights | Fantastic For Families Awards 2022
We are absolutely delighted and overwhelmed to share that we have been awarded the Fantastic For Families 2022 award for Audience Impact & Innovation for the sensory tours, trails and activities we run in our home village. The work we do as Associate Artists at MK Gallery developing and delivering their sensory tour programme also won Best Familyt Arts Activity too!
For more information about all the winners and shortlisted organisations and projects click here.
Shakespeare Week 22 | Resources & Performances
We had the privilege to work with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of this year's Shakespeare Week. We wrote a sensory resource for early years and SEND exploring low-cost/no-cost ways to explore 'The Tempest' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Each play's narrative takes the format of a journey through the plot and through environments and characters, using imaginative sensory play at home and in local parks and wild spaces . It is hoped the resource will be available online for purchase in the future, but for now it's being given free to families in Coventry and to audiences attending performances of 'Be Not Afeard'.
We also performed a day of 'Be Not Afeard' at Coventry Central Library, followed by two days at Shakespeare's own house with open air shows in the glorious New Place gardens in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Feedback from the Shakespeare Birthplace Team:
"[We were] blown away by ‘Be Not Afeard’ and how talented you and Ellie are. Not just your performing talents but the incredible way in which you interact with the little ones and how truly inclusive you are as a company. What you’ve achieved is unique, powerful and genuinely life-changing. Every child in the country deserves an experience with Collar and Cuffs!"
Back To The Theatre | Building post-Covid confidence for audiences with complex needs
Download our new, free, sensory love letter to our audiences and theatres affected by the Covid-19 pandemic; click on the cover picture to access the file. This simple sensory story resource is a great way to develop confidence, appetite and excitement for a theatre visit and will work well alongside visual guides or social stories for specific productions. It's also a way of connecting theatres and audiences with complex needs together again. We hope you find it useful.
Many thanks to the wonderful members of the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society for photographing their ticket collections for us - we were overwhelmed by your response and are only sorry that we cannot use more of them in this pack.