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Multi-sensory theatre for children.

Multi-sensory theatre for children.

BREC is thrilled to be teaming up with Performing Lines and Sensorium Theatre this September to present an incredible show designed for Bunbury and the South West's special needs community.

Oddysea is an immersive, multi-sensory theatre production designed specifically for children with special needs and their families, and for schools catering to children with complex and multiple disabilities. Set within an undersea installation, the performance unfolds around each audience member, with songs, touch, smell and taste used to tell the story of Crab and Turtle's oceanic adventures.

Children with complex and multiple disabilities participate in workshops followed by a performance of the show. These workshops "embed" the characters, concepts and songs with all participants, allowing multiple access points to the production and a deeper level of engagement.

"The ability to enjoy a story should be a right for kids with special needs," co-Artistic Director Francis Italiano said. "Too often performances are designed for mainstream kids and sometimes a session gets adapted for children with special needs. We turned that on its head and created a show specifically for children with disabilities."

BREC has engaged with a number of local Education Support Schools who cater for students with varying levels of intellectual disabilities and special educational needs, coordinating a week long program commencing Tuesday 6 September for students to participate in workshops and performances.

"As performances are generally set up to view from a distance, our students often find it difficult to engage the experience being presented," said College Row School Principal Cale Bagley. "With a Sensorium performance, however, our students don't just get to be close to the action, they get to be part of it. The group do a fantastic job taking into account our students needs to fully immerse them in the entertaining narrative and wonderful sensory experience. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to attend another Sensorium experience."

There are two performances open to the general public on Saturday 10 September. Each performance can only seat 28 attendees so those interested in attending are encouraged to get in fast!

Tickets can be booked by visiting the Box Office from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, or by calling the Box Office on 1300 661 272.


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