Fundraising campaign launched to fund unique drama for autistic learners
St. John’s College is delighted to welcome Flute Theatre back for a two-week residency where they will bring their unique sensory drama games based on the essence of Shakespeare, to our young people (8-19th November, Wolfson Theatre).
The residency marks the start of a fundraising campaign to support the partnership for the next three years, at a cost £45k each year. The project will include performances during the school year on-site at St. John’s College, and an opportunity for the learners to perform with Flute Theatre at Brighton Festival every summer.
Flute Theatre works with autistic people, creating unique sensory games based on Shakespeare’s heartbeat that allow actors and participants to share how it feels to be alive.
St. John’s partnership with Flute Theatre began in 2019 when Jo Horsley, our Head of Drama, brought groups of autistic leaners to Flute Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chichester Festival Theatre. Flute’s first residency was at the college in May 2019.
“During that first week of performances, we found a real home for our work,” says Flute Theatre’s founder, Kelly Hunter MBE. “This was thanks to the vision and talent of Jo and the extraordinary outlook of the College itself, where every learner is respected and treasured for their individuality.”
The theatre company is developing six global ‘centres of excellence’ for their unique work. They will be in Peru, India, Spain, US, London – and St. John’s College.
During the pandemic, Flute Theatre gave 320 live online performances to learners at St. John’s.