An inclusive theater company
Oily Cart is a unique theatre company which performs innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions for young disabled children. People with profound and multiple learning difficulties or autism are often excluded from cultural activities and Oily Cart is challenging this through their performances in schools and arts venues across the country.
The performers use hydro-therapy pools, trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques to create original and highly specialised theatre for young audiences.
Encouraging and improving interaction
As well as providing the children with the kind of fun and entertaining experiences they are so often excluded from, the shows have also proven to encourage and improve interaction between the children and their parents, carers and teachers.
One teacher explained the impact that Oily Cart has had on their pupils:
The amazingly talented and inspirational people at Oily Cart just finished a week long visit to the special school where I teach. The attention to detail in the sets and props and the way the performers genuinely cared for our children and wanted them to have the best experience was just perfect. 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.
In addition to entertaining children, the charity also provides training to parents and carers, and is working to raise awareness of the need for this type of cultural provision for young disabled people.
We awarded a grant of £5,000, which is helping hundreds more children to experience an Oily Cart performance as the company tours the UK
“The grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation has enabled many young people with profound and multiple difficulties and autism to experience interactive cultural experiences with their carers and families. A shared cultural experience which their feedback evidences has a huge impact on their everyday lives” – Angela Bond, General Manager at Oily Cart