Storm, a production designed for children and young people who are on the autistic spectrum performed at The Hullabaloo, the purpose-built venue for children and families, last week (03 & 04 October) as part of the venue’s autumn/winter programme.
Bamboozle Theatre Company, who create specialist theatre for children, young people and their families with disabilities, presented Storm at the venue on Darlington’s Borough Road to school children on the autistic spectrum as well as two relaxed performances suitable for larger family groups.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s, The Tempest, Storm told the story of the magician Prospero, his apprentice Ariel and the creature Caliban. Using a limited amount of Shakespeare’s language, Storm told a dramatic story of sea, ships, island and magic to intimate groups of around six school children on the autistic spectrum and their teachers.
Becky Stead, Autism Teacher at Education Village in Darlington, says “pupils were enabled and supported by a skilled, knowledgeable and empathetic cast. They gave them time, acceptance and space to be themselves”
Miranda Thain, Artistic Producer at Theatre Hullabaloo says “It has been an honour to present Storm as part of our Autumn / Winter programme at The Hullabaloo. Bamboozle Theatre Company are highly regarded in creating magical and memorable experiences specially designed for young audiences with additional needs. We’ve enjoyed welcoming students and teachers from special schools across the region to enjoy this beautiful show, demonstrating that The Hullabaloo is a place that presents brilliant theatre for all children”