Changing lives of people with Autism
FLUTE DREAMS, a unique Partnership with Queensmill School, Bush Theatre London and MA Acting UAL. This unique project sits at the heart of our creativity. We are working for three years with Queensmill School, a specialist school for autism in Shepherds Bush London, playing with the students during term time and running our workshops for them and their extended families – parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents at the Bush Theatre in the summer and Christmas holidays. As the children and families get to know us and form the habit of playing, their barriers of fear and anxiety are dissolving. In response to COVID-19 we have continued playing with our community of families online.
Lisha Aquino Rooney. Parent
Our personal heroes, during lockdown – are Flute Theatre. During this crisis, they have helped us and the entire autistic community EVERY SINGLE DAY, WITHOUT FAIL.
We ensure that we work in school with students who – for whatever reason – would never access a trip to the Bush Theatre. At the Bush we play with families who would never dream they would be welcome into the theatre with their autistic children. We give a place and a voice to this marginalised population and in return we grow as artists: the ongoing creation of our Hunter Heartbeat games continues to be led by the unique and individual minds and bodies of the people with autism we play with.
MA Acting Students are taught the Hunter Heartbeat games by Kelly Hunter MBE and her team. The students become a core part of Flute Theatre for the workshops – thus contributing to their actor training in a completely unique way.