“Evolve” is an immersive multi-sensory show crafted for children and young people with autism and complex learning needs.
The audience go on a journey and meet Spin and Twirl who help them discover the cosmos. They help Twirl find the answers to her quest. Working with special educational consultants, the piece has been carefully designed from set, costumes, movement, music and script to engage with our audiences.
As a co-creation piece, the initial stages has taken place in schools during the pandemic to understand the key element to create highly engaging theatre.
Social stories and Information packs are provided prior to the event to ensure all audiences feel safe and secure.
The play follows the interstellar cosmic journey of Spin and Twirl which captures young minds with opportunities to drink tea, smell fresh herbs, push and pull through space. Performed by the talented Jasmine Ward. The sublime music has been composed and performed by the renowed Sitar Musician, Sheema Mukerjee. Her knowledge of natural perfumery has been featured throughout the piece to evoke all of the senses.
Written by Debbie Bandara and David Freedman
Directed by Debbie Bandara
SPIN performed by Jasmine Ward
TWIRL performed by Sheema Mukherjee
Design by David Freedman
Costume by Holly Chandler
Technical Design by David Freedman
Music by Sheema Mukherjee
Choreography by Debbie Bandara
Perfumes by Sheema Mukherjee
Special Educational Needs Consultant by Nikki Hallam, Springfield Special School.
Photography by Tom Rout
Editor and Assistant Producer Dee Kalakoti
Video by Tom Rout
Illustration by Will Lee
Graphic Design by Will Lee
Mr Sarkisson, Teacher, The Kingsway School
“Having had theatre and live art taken away for so long recently has made us all appreciate it so much. It was a pleasure to have you visit Kingsway and be able to perform the show for our students. Most of them haven't experienced live theatre before. Covid aside, the social rules and expected behaviours of visiting the theatre - time restrictions, busy crowds, sitting quietly etc - mean it's something that is often inaccessible for them.”
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“Outstanding child-centred performance work” - British Theatre Guide
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“A truly wonderful theatrical and multi-sensory experience “ - Number 9 Reviews