“Groundbreaking Shakespeare” The Guardian ****
“If only more companies had the guts to take such risks”
Plays to see ★★★★
Flute was set up in 2014 to create productions of Shakespeare for inclusive audiences. We have two ways of making our work; both are immersive and intimate. The first strips away the pomp and ceremony of Shakespeare’s plays to reveal the essence of their humanity with fresh, original theatricality. Hamlet and Twelfth Night are made in this way and have performed in major European festivals. The second method goes deeper into the essence of Shakespeare to create productions specifically for children with autism and their families. The Tempest was created in 2014 and has toured internationally ever since. In Autumn 2017 we are making A Midsummer Night’s Dream, our second show for children with with autism. Our productions are site sympathetic, adaptable to space and language.
“A privilege to be there, clearly exceptional and important work. “
Deborah Warner CBE
The Tempest was created as a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Ohio State University. The production is made specifically for an audience of children with autism and their families. The show has performed in the UK, US and Spain where it has been translated into Spanish and Catalan. In London it has performed at the Bloomsbury Festival, the Festival of Love, Southbank Centre and the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond.
In March 2017, we took the show to Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, working with La Kompanyia Lliure and children from the Centre d’Educació Especial Montserrat Montero. The performance was in Catalan for an audience of friends and families. We will be returning in March 2018 to continue this unique collaboration.
Following the success of The Tempest , we are thrilled to be returning to the Orange Tree Theatre this autumn, with a new adaption of A Midsummer Night’s Dream created for young people with Autism and their families. Please click here for more information on how to book.
Twelfth Night made its world premiere at the Festival de Teatro Clasico de Almagro at Teatro La Veleta in Spain on July 25th 2017 as part of the Almagro OFF.
Hamlet was created in 2015 as a co-production with English Touring Theatre. It has performed in Poland, Romania, Germany, Spain and at Kronborg Castle, Elsinore in Denmark. In December 2016 the production played a sold out run for four weeks at Trafalgar Studios in London.
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Kelly Hunter and Emma Richards
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Thanks to the David and Claudia Harding Foundation
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Many thanks to all our Flute Angels who have made our work possible!
Flute is an Associate Company of English Touring Theatre