NEWS: Oily Cart launches new show for shielding families

Space to Be is the third show in Oily Cart’s Uncancellable Programme

Inclusive theatre specialists Oily Cart have announced the latest show in their Uncancellable Programme. Created especially for shielding families with disabled young people all over the UK, Space to Be explores the unique stories of individuals and how we are all connected like a constellation in the universe.

Space To Be aims to support families who have had to shield long-term, and take on additional caring responsibilities, because of the pandemic. It offers opportunities for the whole family to be together in the sensory present, creating moments of connection between parents, young person and siblings.

A week before the show begins, an envelope arrives for the adult containing a fancy tea bag, chocolate and supporting resources, so they can take some time by themselves to get acquainted with the experience. On the day the show starts, a set of five numbered packages arrives at their home.

Space To Be explores all the senses, with the packages containing audio, light, smells, shapes and textures. The team have designed and made a series of beautiful and unique sensory objects that the disabled young person, adult and other family members can experience individually, and together.

At first, the narrative focuses on the relationship between adult and young person, “Once upon a time there was you and me”, stimulating their shared memories. Over the week, this focus gradually expands, bringing the family together in moments of play and connection. The family is left with a keepsake to remember their experience.

“The Oily Cart team are really excited to be putting all the care, artistry and wonder of a full scale, live sensory theatre show into this new personalised, tiny theatre format. We are working with a group of incredible artists, musicians and families to create an experience that will fly the family audiences through the universe in their imaginations. We hope this will briefly transform how the families experience their homes in lockdown, bringing in moments of sensory theatre magic.”

Ellie Griffiths, Artistic Director

As well as finding families through their networks, Oily Cart are partnering with local charities to connect with families who have not experienced Oily Cart’s work before and/or are from areas particularly impacted by coronavirus.

The company are inviting families to register their interest to have the show delivered in these areas; North West, Yorkshire and Humber, North East, South West, East of England/SE England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Wandsworth/London, West Midlands and the East Midlands. Families can register their interest at this link.  

Oily Cart’s ‘Uncancellable Programme’ was developed in response to the global health crisis. Until the end of the pandemic, the company will take work online, into homes and onto the streets to ensure they are serving their community throughout this difficult time. Find out more about Oily Cart at their website: