Flute is a true ensemble: a group of pioneering actors led by Kelly Hunter MBE, pushing the boundaries of Shakespeare performance for audiences across the world including those with autism.
“Groundbreaking Shakespeare” The Guardian★★★★
“I’ve run Flute for five years. We have no core funding and rely almost entirely on donations.
We play with children with autism around the world.
Some schools can’t even afford pencils and paper so there’s no way they can afford ‘drama’ and yet our work changes lives and gives hope. Please support us”.
Kelly Hunter MBE
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‘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
We have just returned home from Poland and Romania performing Pericles for people with autism. Performances will continue in 2020
“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
A unique partnership with Queensmill School, Bush Theatre London and MA Acting UAL.
A live performance between actors and scientists exploring the neuroscience of the imagination.
15-16 May 2019, Bloomsbury Theatre.
Our third full production for people with autism, created in collaboration with Foklteatern Gavleborg. Currently touring throughout Sweden with Riksteatern.
“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
Donate today and be part of Flute’s journey
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.
Kelly Hunter MBE
Jane Claire OBE (Chair)
Jane Suzman DBE
With thanks to:
The St Olave’s Foundation Fund
John Lyon’s Charity
Chapman Charitable Trust
Limited Company Number 9303847 – Registered Charity Number 1163705