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June 19, 2018

A press release:

National Theatre Wales & Oily Cart
Written & Directed by Tim Webb
Designed by Jens Cole
Music direction by Max Reinhardt
Music composed by Max Reinhardt and arranged by George Panda
Hydrotherapy pools in schools, hospices and hospitals across Wales
Throughout July
A multi-sensory, underwater, touring production created with theatre
company Oily Cart, performed exclusively for young people aged 3-19 in hydrotherapy pools in schools, hospices and hospitals.
This immersive, interactive floating show ignites and delights every sense. Hydrotherapy pools will be transformed into watery wonderlands by underwater lighting, clouds of bubbles drifting from below, curtains of spray, and live music played on floating instruments, with a sound that can be felt as much as heard.
There will be three, distinct versions of Splish Splash:
• one for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities;
• one for those on the autism spectrum; and
• one for the deafblind, with or without any cognitive impairment.
It will be director Tim Webb’s final work as Artistic Director of Oily Cart, after 30 years at the helm.
Since 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, they 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’, Oily Cart invite audiences to join them in a world of the imagination. Using hydrotherapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques, they create original and highly specialised theatre for young audiences.
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