About the project

Kelly Hunter has been creating drama games for children with autism for over ten years.

These games use the fundamental themes of Shakespeare: the heartbeat rhythm of his language, seeing with the mind's eye and an exploration of the senses.

The games are sensory, physical and fun to play, created to heighten the young person's awareness of the world around them and provide an opportunity for them to experience and explore their own physicality, feelings and voice.

Making eye contact, improving spatial awareness, developing facial expressiveness and building language skills are key targets within the games as well as introducing imaginative play and the concept of 'playing a part'.

Shakespeare is used to wake the young people up to their own lives and anyone, no matter where they are on the spectrum, can play.

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

The Other Place, at The Courtyard Theatre, 24 June – 5 July

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