Oily Cart is one of the great British theatre companies of the last 25 years. Yet plenty of theatregoers, even the most avid, will not have heard of it. The reason is simple: Oily Cart works entirely with children, many with complex disabilities, and often behind closed doors in special schools.
— Lyn Gardner, Guardian Unlimited
|The gang here at the Bus Depot are devoted fans of the Oily Cart Theatre Company. As they are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, they have launched a whole series of fantastic products for families and educators alike. Here’s a little background on their work, and we put our hand on our creative heart, and promise that you soon will be devotees like us. Enjoy. xo|
|ABOUTSince 1981 Oily Cart has been taking its unique blend of theatre to children and young people in schools and venues across the UK. Challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience, we create innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions for the very young and for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.By transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ we invite our audience to join us in a world of the imagination. Using hydro-therapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques, we create original and highly specialised theatre for our young audiences.
All sorts of shows for all sorts of kids!
Everything they produce is so enthralling, imaginative and entertaining, you can’t help feeling they are only a force for good. They cater their work to all ages, (which is something that is not always easy to find when you believe in introducing babies and tot’s to theatre at an early age) as well as inspiring little people and families, they also work closely with theatre practitioners, and educators who work with children with special educational needs.
Have a look here for an earlier post about their latest production ‘In A Pickle” (which is on tour until 6th Feb), and a little history about the talented people behind the company.
Oily Cart has been making innovative and inspiring theatre for children for 30 years. To celebrate this wonderful legacy they’ve launched our 30th Anniversary DVD, a Greatest Hits CD and a Box of Tricks – containing a host of material from the online shop along with some other surprises.
As well as marking the anniversary, they hope that these new materials will act as an essential guide to theatre practitioners who make, or are seeking to make, theatre for young children or for children and young adults with learning disabilities; teachers and students who are engaged in Special Educational Needs, early years and nursery work, or drama and theatre, anyone interested in drama therapy or music therapy.
Box of Tricks
Oily Cart’s Box of Tricks contains our fantastic new book All Sorts of Theatre for All Sorts of Kids, the 30th Anniversary DVD, as well as the 25th Anniversary DVD and Oily Cart’s 30 Greatest Hits CD. There are also some surprise multi-sensory treats included and it’s all delivered in a beautiful box.
|Box of Tricks||£100|
With this DVD, Oily Cart celebrates 30 years of making theatre for very young audiences and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. This DVD contains extracts of shows created between 2008 and 2012. For earlier work, please see our 25th Anniversary DVD.
|30th Anniversary DVD||£12.50|
To celebrate Oily Cart’s 30th birthday, we’ve released a new album of our 30 Greatest Hits as chosen by our Musical Director Max Reinhardt. The CD charts the wonderful musical history of the company through hits such as ‘How do you Hold a Baby?’ fromHow Long is a Piece of String and‘Train’s Gonna Take me Home’ from Blue.
|30 Greatest Hits||£7.50|
In a book celebrating 30 years of Oily Cart, the founders, actors, reviewers and audience talk about the company’s extraordinary plays. Oily Cart: All Sorts of Theatre for All Sorts of Kids is an essential source book for theatre practitioners who make, or are seeking to make, theatre for young children or for children and young adults with learning disabilities; teachers and students who are engaged in Special Educational Needs, early years and nursery work, or drama and theatre, anyone interested in drama therapy or music therapy.
|Oily Cart: All Sorts of Theatre for All Sorts of Kids||£22.99|
|How Long is a Piece of String? Poetry and Activity Book||£5.00|
|Inflatable Crown Balloon Hat Kit (Book, balloons, pump) by Addi Somekh||£10.50|
Oily Cart is delighted to present our 25th Anniversary DVD, a complete sound and visual experience of 25 years of multi-sensory theatre for young children and those with complex disabilities or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
This DVD will be of interest to students, lecturers, theatre makers and anyone wishing to study the development of theatre for young audiences in the context of the company’s work. It features excerpts from early Oily shows, such as A Peck of Pickled Pepper right up to footage recent touring shows like If all the World were Paper, Big Balloon andBaby Balloon.
The DVD is accompanied by an illustrated booklet featuring a foreword by Lyn Gardner, and the booklet includes a timeline listing all Oily Cart productions since we started in 1981.
|25th Anniversary DVD||£10.50|
There is an extended list of CD’s to purchase from their website.
If you would rather send us a cheque please make it payable to Oily Cart and send to Oily Cart, Smallwood School Annexe, Smallwood Road, London SW17 0TW.