He said “Hello” for the first time

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

October 5th

Flute Dreams in La Plaza Peru.

Sharing drama games for people with autism and Down Syndrome.

October 12th to December 12th 2020

Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Online for autistic individuals and their families.

The show is experienced through sensory games, musical, funny and physical; each game creating a different dream, shared between actors and participants.

Through our dream games we share the eyes of Titania, the ears of Bottom, the hands of Puck and the hearts of the lovers.

If one of the Dreams is particularly enjoyable we will play there as long as you like.

To finish we ask ourselves ‘Are we awake? ” singing the participant’s name and touching fingertips with those near us.

To book click HERE

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. We combine pioneering research with artistic excellence. In response to COVID-19 we have adapted our work to be accessible virtually.

Our Work Pre COVID-19

changing lives

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.

-Click HERE to find out more about our work-

Responding to COVID-19

Since March 2020 we have adapted our work to be available online with pioneering performances and workshops.

From March 18th to July 11th 2020 we made 130h of live-streamed Heartbeat Hellos for autistic people to calm inner nerves.

From June 22nd to July 18th 2020 we made 90 performances of Pericles Online for one autistic individual and their family per show.

We will be returning with more performances of Pericles Online in Autumn.

Click HERE to find out more and watch our shows-

Welcome to our website

-Kelly Hunter MBE, Artistic Director-