Flute Theatre, who make work especially for young people with autism and their families, return to the Orange Tree after last year’s inspiring performances of The Tempest.

“Groundbreaking Shakespeare… a unique theatrical experience – part performance and part workshop – which genuinely puts the sense of play back into Shakespeare and that is truly interactive.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on The Tempest

Up to fifteen children on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with six actors in a circle on our stage. The children’s families or carers sit just behind them to watch from the auditorium. The actors invite the participants to help them unravel Shakespeare’s story through sensory games which the children and actors play together. Although the games and the narrative remain the same for each performance, the show is completely different every time depending on the nature of the young people who attend.

For ages 10+

“My daughter loved it! She was apprehensive at first but over time, she became involved and her confidence grew. She is still talking about it and describes it as ‘amazing’ to people she meets.” Parent of participant, October 2016

The Orange Tree Theatre is wheelchair accessible and the performance is suited to every young person with autism spectrum conditions, including those who are entirely non-verbal.

All participants and their families are welcome to join the cast for tea and biscuits after the performance.


A Flute Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre co-production

All tickets £10

Booking is by phone only – call Izzy at OT Take Part, 020 8940 0141. 
Group bookings from residential schools or community organisations are very welcome

Photo (Flute Theatre's The Tempest) by Tristram Kenton


With thanks to the Blakey Foundation and the Golsoncott Foundation


Tas Emiabata
Paula Rodriguez
Katy Stephens
Finlay Cormack
Oliver Grant
Tom Chapman
DirectorKelly Hunter
Designer Daisy Blower