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Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub Programme: Sensory Theatre

July 18, 9:30 am - 11:00 am


You’re invited to…. Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub: Sensory Theatre with Oily Cart

About this event

Join us at the Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub where Oily Cart will be exploring imaginative ideas for making sensory theatre that you can try at home. No theatre experience or acting skills necessary!

Who is this for?

This is for children and young people aged 5-18 years old that have special educational needs, profound or multiple learning disabilities, autism and/or who are neurodivergent. You must be living in or go to school within Brent, Barnet or Harrow to be eligible for a place in this session

What will happen in this session?

In this session, we will take ideas from a story and use a sensory approach to bring its themes to life. Activities will include using music and sound effects, temperature, smells, and touch to create different atmospheres in your home.

Session Structure

  • Introduction to Oily Cart and sensory theatre
  • Moving through the landscapes of a story: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring
  • Ideas for making your own sensory stories

When is Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub: Sensory Theatre?

There is one session, 9:30 -11 am on Saturday the 18th of July. There will be up to 50 participants in each session.

What will I need for the Sensory Theatre session?

  • A speaker, or something to play a playlist from
  • Ice in Tupperware boxes
  • A grater
  • An umbrella
  • Scraps of paper or cardboard
  • An orange or grapefruit
  • A water/plant mister
  • A hot water bottle
  • Some bubble wrap
  • Scented moisturiser

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What is the Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub?

The Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub is an exciting 8-week programme brought to you by the Institute of Imagination and Oily Cart. It features a range of exciting and experimental workshops, with the crossover of arts, science, engineering, coding, digital technology. Explore how to be playful with everyday household items. It’s made especially for children from neurodivergent backgrounds.

Sessions include:

  • Theatre sessions and sensory engagement workshops with Oily Cart, a charity that aims to reimagine theatre for young audiences to make it more inclusive.
  • Tinkering with everyday objects and exploring digital making with the iOi
  • An online CPD session for teachers and parents to provide new inspiration, ideas and tool kit for online delivery and home learning with the iOi and Oily Cart.

Throughout all of July, we’ll be running a workshop every Saturday. Then in August, we will be hosting workshops from Tuesday-Thursday, every week. Sign up now and we’ll keep you updated on all our events.

How much does the Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub: Sensory Theatre with Oily Cart cost?

This is a funded programme with John Lyons, so it is free to participate. You must be living in or go to school within Brent, Barnet or Harrow to be eligible for a place in the sessions. All participants should be accompanied by an adult for the online session.

How have we made this programme inclusive?

When you sign up to each session, we ask you to provide details about what needs your child(ren) have. We will pass on these details to our practitioners, to ensure that they make the sessions suitable for everyone taking part. Also, each session includes a captioned video, a resource page and a live workshop. We have a session that will support children and young people with sensory needs and high functioning needs.

How do I join the session?

If you would like to take part in this session, please book here and we will send you a booking confirmation shortly to confirm your place, a resource pack and instructions for how to join. If you have any queries, please email hello@ioi.london

How do I do this activity if I can’t join this session?

If you can’t join this session, we have a resource pack that you can download after the session has taken place and a pre-recorded video that you can watch, so you can catch up in your own time.


July 18
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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