HEARTLANDS, POOL AND THE ACORN THEATRE WILL SHOW MULTI-SENSORY PLAY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

PUBLISHED: 17:44 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:40 30 August 2017

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Hall For Cornwall’s Community Club has teamed up with Yorkshire based Children’s Theatre Company, Tell Tale Hearts, to present The Nottingham Playhouse production of WAVE. The show will be visiting Cornwall from 20th June to 24th June 2016 at Heartlands, Pool and The Acorn Theatre, Penzance.

WAVE is a vibrant multi-sensory play for young people (11-30 years) with autism, profound multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), and severe learning disabilities (SLD) and their companions.

The story invites you to join them on an island where Dad is a weather scientist and allows the audience to explore the sensory world of the weather in his workshop and the beach. Help Miranda with her dilemma: she loves her Dad, but she is an adult now and ready to leave home. How can she tell him without hurting his feelings? Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest WAVE explores the loving relationship between parent and child.

Originally toured by Nottingham Playhouse in 2015, and written by Gill Brigg, WAVE is a rich, colourful, experience offering a unique emotional narrative on the subject of independence and saying goodbye. Appropriate for the physical age of the intended audience, the show also works on sensory levels which are suitable for the audience member’s developmental needs.

WAVE is performed for small audiences in a purpose-built theatre with set design by Sophia Lovell Smith and features live music, composed and arranged by Matt Marks. Directed by Natasha Holmes, it offers a unique experience, rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion and brings this interactive show to life with singing and projections. The audience is invited to explore the set of Dad’s workshop and the beach through sensory interaction. The show is fully accessible and the audience is made to feel welcome and be part of the experience as participants. Young people and their companions are invited to enjoy the show as a shared experience.

The Hall For Cornwall Community Club, generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, continues to work with groups across Cornwall to assist in first time visits to try the unique experience of theatre. So far over 5000 people in Cornwall have been given the opportunity to see a range of shows, from comedy to dance, to musicals and plays.

Community groups that have benefited from the project include many of the Memory Café Network, Children Centre’s, Sensory Trust, Together for Families, Penhaligon’s Friends, Parkinson’s Support groups and many resident associations and day centre’s for Adults with disabilities across Cornwall. If you would like to nominate a group, please get in touch with our Community Co-ordinators Rachael Pearce or Liz Wright on 01872 262843 or email clubcard@hallforcornwall.org.uk

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