Skip to main content

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



Our Impact

St Cuthbert’s Hospice

The Family Support Team at St Cuthbert’s Hospice provides emotional, psychological, spiritual and practical support to individuals, children and families who are affected by life limiting illness, bereavement and grief. Pathways through bereavement In October 2019, St Cuthbert’s began working with a wide range of people from the local community to find out what kind…

Read More

Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

Read More

St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

Read More

Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

Read More