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Oily Cart
Great theatre for children

about us

Since 1981 Oily Cart has been taking its unique blend of theatre to children and young people in schools and venues across the UK. Challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience, we create innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions for the very young and for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.


By transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ we invite our audience to join us in a world of the imagination. Using hydro-therapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques, we create original and highly specialised theatre for our young audiences.


All sorts of shows for all sorts of kids!

early years (2-6 years)

We have extensive experience of creating multi-sensory theatre for young children aged 2-6 years. Featuring wonderful visual effects and original live music, our productions enable our young audiences to physically enter the Oily Cart wonderland where we draw out their ideas to create something magical.


In the past we have invited our audiences to taste bread baked live on stage, to sing along with hip hop DJs, or dance with colourful balloon flowers. As the show unfolds the children are encouraged to participate in activities that have an impact on the direction of the storyline.


More recently we have begun to create interactive theatre for very young children – developing a theatrical experience that addresses all the senses without relying on verbal language or conventional narrative for its effect. Jumpin’ Beans and Baby Balloon have been created for an audience of children aged 6 months – 2 years and their carers. By performing to smaller audiences we encourage the children and their carers to fully participate in a highly interactive, intimate show as they play together inside the Oily Cart wonderland.


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Complex Disabilities

Oily Cart creates theatre for young people with complex disabilities (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder). This highly acclaimed work often utilises unusual settings such as hydro-therapy pools and trampolines and incorporates a vast array of multi-sensory techniques including water and bubbles, paper fans, perfume sprays and ultra-violet lighting.


Our performers are trained to respond sensitively to each individual's reaction and to tailor each sensory experience to the young person with whom they are working. Each participant will have a unique experience, precisely reflecting his or her interests and ways of communication.


Multi-media preparation packs are sent in advance to all schools and venues so that families, teachers and carers can get ready for our visit. CDs, DVDs and a social story encourages classes to continue working on the themes and the methods of the show long after the Oily Cart team have moved on to the next school.


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Finding Us

Smallwood School Annexe
Smallwood Road London
SW17 0TW