April is Autism Acceptance month. Acceptance and understanding is at the heart of everything Bamboozle does.
We believe that children across the whole of the autistic spectrum should have the opportunity to access the best cultural experiences. In 2013, we produced our first autism-specific touring production: Moon Song.
In 2016, we visited Curve Theatre with the show as part of Local Offer Live, sponsored by Remploy. The experience was filmed, and in the 20 minute video below, our Artistic Director Christopher Davies describes key elements of how the show was made, and how we perform the show influenced by Bamboozle’s methodology, seeking to create a fear-free environments in which children participate in their own way and at their own pace.
Since 2013, the show has been on four UK tours to special schools and appeared at Shanghai Children’s Art Centre in 2019.
The show was developed through a series of interactive workshops with children and teachers at Stanton Vale School, Redgate Primary Academy and Yeoman Park Academy. We designed the experience for small groups of up to six pupils, with a team of four performers. Maintaining small audiences enables our team to provide a high level of focussed attention and the opportunity for intensive interaction.
Feedback from our original Moon Song tour:
“It allowed the children to freely explore the environment and allowed them to initiate interaction when they felt ready” Kingsley School.
“The children’s engagement was fabulous to watch. Nothing is wrong in the children’s reactions and you make what they say part of the production” Redgate Primary Academy
“The props and resources enabled students to engage and respond in their own way and allowed them to choose themselves how and it they responded / participated” Ash Lea School
To find out about Bamboozle’s upcoming autism-specific touring shows, visit our Storm show page.