We create groundbreaking productions of Shakespeare. Our shows for autistic individuals and their families use the Hunter Heartbeat Method created by Artistic Director Kelly Hunter MBE.
“Flute Theatre is unique” – Lyn Gardner
From March 2020 to July 2021 we have given
976 Online Performances
for autistic individuals and their families in response to Covid-19.
We have performed in English, Spanish and Catalan
across the UK, US, Peru, Spain and India.
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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