Flute is a true ensemble: a group of pioneering actors led by Kelly Hunter, pushing the boundaries of Shakespeare performance for audiences across the world including those with autism.
“Groundbreaking Shakespeare” The Guardian★★★★
“This fresh and vibrant tour de force spectacle truly deserves to be seen by a much wider audience” ★★★★★ London Theatre1
Flute Theatre are setting off for Sweden this month to our friends at Folkteatern Gavleborg to collaborate on a project – Scen:se Sweden. We will develop an exciting new version of Pericles for people with autism in Swedish which will then tour Sweden for a year with Swedish company of actors. Meanwhile we will return to the UK to make an English language version of the production.
Deconstructing The Dream – in partnership with UCL and Bloomsbury Theatre
Flute Theatre have, for the last five years, been collaborating with Dr Antonia Hamilton from the Neuroscience Department at UCL and Jamie Ward of Goldsmiths in using our games and the Hunter Heartbeat Method to research the brain and cognitive systems engaged in social interactions and engagement.
This work investigates why our games are valuable as therapies and a teaching tool for children with autism spectrum condition.
For the first time, the initial findings will be presented to the public at Bloomsbury Theatre on 15th and 16th May 2019. Tickets will be available soon, sign up to our mailing list for more information on this unique and important event.
“Goodbye actors. I love you all. I’ll never forget you.”
Pupil from Queensmill School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bridge Theatre
On November 2nd 2018, we gave our Romanian premiere at the Teatrul Gong in Sibiu and have since been performing at Orange Tree Theatre and Chichester Minerva Theatre.
From 25th June until 13th July 2019, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be at Bridge Theatre, London with family shows available each Saturday. Tickets will be available soon, more details to follow!
As we continue our journey in 2019, we want to offer these groundbreaking transformative experiences to as many people as possible worldwide. We rely entirely on grants & donations big or small to make this happen.
Donate today and be part of Flute’s journey
“Having Flute Theatre at the Orange Tree has enhanced our programme in a unique way. Our mission statement talks of wanting to change lives but it’s rare to see this happen in front of your eyes. Kelly Hunter’s work has a truly transformative effect on the young people who participate and on their parents and carers. It’s also transforms all those who come into contact with it in the building: “inclusivity” takes on a palpable, profoundly moving meaning once you’ve experienced Flute at work.”
Paul Miller, Artistic Director, Orange Tree Theatre
“I was blown away by the sensitive performance of the group of dedicated and highly knowledgeable actors who managed to immerse and involve a group of adolescents with severe autism in their creative interpretation of the Tempest. I think very highly of the work of Flute Theatre and thoroughly recommend their approach. It is a wonderful contribution to a more holistic education of individuals with autism, and it would seem to be applicable at all ages and all abilities, including those without language.”
Uta Frith DBE
‘When I arrived on Friday morning I was ASTONISHED. I have never, ever seen my son behave the way he did. He was seeking out, sitting with and CUDDLING his new young adult pals, with whom he had obviously formed a strong bond in this short space of time. He was engaged, and inordinately happy. It had to be seen to be believed. I cannot stress this enough, this engaged, entirely committed child was like no other version of my son I have ever seen. He still beats his little chest to say hello and goodbye! I have no idea what it was in those sessions which so grasped him, and awoke the part of him which wants to interact. I just know it was the nearest I have seen him to ‘play’, if that makes sense. It is certainly the most communicative I have seen him.”
Parent of son with autism
Jane Claire OBE (Chair)
Jane Suzman DBE
With thanks to:
The St Olave’s Foundation Fund
Many thanks to all our Flute Angels who have made our work possible!
Ben Raanan – Camilla Høg – Caro Newling – D.J.Stevens – Dane Millard – David Burgess- David Farr – David Schalkwyk – David Thacker – Dawn Marie Moe – Deborah Lincoln – Jean Hawkins – Nick Walton – Peter Smith – Rachel Pickup – Renee Keen – Robert Ziegler – Robin Post – Rowan Mackenzie – Samantha Young – Timo Uotinen – Tom Wright – Virginia Gorna – World Shakespeare Project – Eelum Dixit – Elaine Groome – Esta Charkham – Flavia Fraser-Cannon – Gary Lyons – Glenn Christodolou – Greg Parston – Iris Rajman – James Stredder – Jess Moore – Kevin McClatchy – Nick Marston – Mary Odbert – Michael Walling – Jo Ann Morris – Leslie Paul – Lia Williams – Mark Rylance Waters – Nick Starr – Scott Jackson – Selina Cadell – Steve Volsen- Sue Prideaux
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