A theatre production, created specifically for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), will take audiences to outer space at Hull New Theatre this weekend.
To the Moon and Back is a heart-warming children’s show about family relationships.
Writer and director Daniel Swift, from theatre company Concrete Youth, has worked with children within special education for a number of years and believes that music, theatre, art and dance can play an important role in education.
Daniel said: “With imagination and creativity anything is possible, which is something we at Concrete Youth are really keen to promote to our audiences.
“Due to the barriers that people with PMLD face as a result of their conditions, they simply cannot access theatre or the arts regularly – if at all.
“There is such a severe lack of provision for these audiences – there are hardly any companies or artists working exclusively in making work for audiences with PMLD.
“I’m so excited to be able to bring this show to these audiences, for who it may be their first ever time attending a cultural event.”
Concrete Youth was established to create theatre exclusively for people with PMLD.
To the Moon and Back will be its first production.
There are four performances at Hull New Theatre this weekend. On Saturday there are performances at 11am and 2pm, and on Sunday there are performances at 12pm and 4pm.
You can book tickets here.
The production tells the story of Alex and his relationship with his dad, Gareth, following his mum’s death.
Alex is a keen story-writer, but his dad thinks they are all childish.
Alex’s new story is about space and, with the help of babysitter Lena, the family go on an exciting adventure to the moon and back.
The production has been specifically created for children with PMLD.
Children are free to explore the stage and feel or look closely at any parts of the set before the performance begins, which helps children feel comfortable and relaxed.
A sensory chill-out space will also be available next to the theatre space for any child that wants to leave the performance, either permanently or temporally.
Find out more about To the Moon and Back here.
Find out more information about Concrete Youth here.