“Flute Theatre is unique”
We create groundbreaking productions of Shakespeare for autistic individuals and their families using the
Hunter Heartbeat Method created by Artistic Director Kelly Hunter MBE.
In response to COVID-19 we have adapted all our work to be accessible virtually.
Since March 2020 we’ve given over 700 online performances for autistic individuals and their families in UK, US, Peru and Spain.
We are continuing to support the autistic community across the world with our performances.
3 rd lockdown has been the most difficult for us but Kelly and the amazing actors at Flute, have helped us through it and it actually has been a time of such improvement for my autistic son in both concentration and participation. Seeing them and watching how they work and tailor make everything around him is amazing and I can’t thank them enough. They brighten our days.
Lumen is a very happy eight-year-old, non-verbal, autistic boy who primarily uses gesture to communicate. He says a few words, although not always in context. He conveys his needs and emotions, as well as self-regulates by spinning, flapping his hands, jumping, swinging, chewing various objects, and using facial expressions. Lumen suffers from sensory processing disorder which translates into him being very sensitive to sound, light, temperature, and texture. He learns about his environment through touch and also by licking objects. He has difficulty with transitions, being flexible in situations, and understandably, being misunderstood. It is during these times that he harms others and himself. All of this makes his participation in Flute Theatre’s activities all the more profound. He has been given tools not offered anywhere else. He has been given a sense of security and familiarity, which for an autistic child, are not always easy to come by. He said ‘Hello’ for the first time after listening to Heartbeat Hellos for weeks; he was captivated for the entire hour of Pericles online; he smiled, laughed, and even emulated facial expressions of actors; and he has sung some of the songs he has heard from Flute’s Soundcloud as a way to self-regulate or to express joy.
Lisha Aquino Rooney, Lumen’s mother
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Prior to COVID-19 we toured the world with our productions of Shakespeare.
We change the lives of autistic individuals and their families with our groundbreaking Hunter Heartbeat Method.
Our Flute Dreams project offers a unique partnership with Queensmill school and Bush Theatre London for marginalized families.
We partner with UCL and Goldsmith’s University of London with pioneering research into the neuroscience of the imagination.
Since March 2020 we have adapted our work to be available online with pioneering performances and workshops.
Now, in 2021, we are continuing to support the autistic community across the world with our performances.
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