"Art allows us an opportunity to find our best selves.
When we witness these autistic children discovering who they can be,
I can't imagine wanting to be doing anything else with my life."

Kelly Hunter MBE, Artistic Director

Who we are

Aretha Ayeh, Actor

Aretha Ayeh, Actor

Flute Theatre to me is what theatre truly is all about, creating and sharing stories that speak to the heart of the people no matter who or where they are. They make theatre that is inclusive for everyone. The work they do is incredibly important and vital not just for those with autism and their families, but for all of us.

Ben Raanan, Director Flute USA

Ben Raanan, Director Flute USA

One of my proudest achievements is helping engage in this work in America. When I first discovered the method, I quickly realized that there is no space more vital, more magical, and more filled with love than that Heartbeat Circle. I am so privileged for every moment with these actors and participants.

Charlie Archer, Actor

Charlie Archer, Actor

It is the dream of every theatre practitioner that their art might cause a lasting difference in somebody's life. Flute Theatre is the only company in which I've actually seen this happen. The positive potential in every single show is limitless.

David Jobson, Trustee

David Jobson, Trustee

I was drawn to Flute as someone who is on the high end of the spectrum and a Shakespeare fan who performs as a hobby. I wanted to know more and was invited to participate in the shows. Now I feel proud to be a part of the family and contributing to the cause.

Elise Robinson, Flute Dreams Co-Creator

Elise Robinson, Flute Dreams Co-Creator

One of my pupils turned to me during a session with Flute and asked, "Is this magic?" To which I replied, "definitely".

Freddie Adu, Head Teacher Queensmill School

Freddie Adu, Head Teacher Queensmill School

Flute have enabled the school to provide exceptional creative opportunities for autistic children in Drama for the past two years since our collaboration began. At this critical time, with the pandemic closing schools, Flute Theatre have conceived of creative ways to continue to engage children at Queensmill.

Gabriel Shaughnessy, Creative Associate

Gabriel Shaughnessy, Creative Associate

Gabriel's work with Flute has been transformative for all of us. Playing with Shakespeare has given us a shared language and opened a door to a new world. (Robert Shaughnessy. Gabriel's father)

Hephzibah Roe, Actor

Hephzibah Roe, Actor

Every show is a transformative experience, it's a beautiful opportunity to build connections and enjoy the space that it provides for us to play together.

Holly Musgrave, Actor

Holly Musgrave, Actor

There is nothing in the world as magical, not only is it incredible work for an actor and deviser but you get to see how the work has a real life impact on families.

Joshua Welch, Actor

Joshua Welch, Actor

It's been a life changing experience to re-awaken the true meaning of play and joy within myself and see the effect it has on the children and their families.

Katy Stephens, Actor

Katy Stephens, Actor

From Flute's beautiful and ground-breaking work with children with autism to their dynamic and ingenious productons, Kelly Hunter and William Shakespeare's hearts beat with tireless humanity.

Luke Shires, Trustee

Luke Shires, Trustee

I met Kelly and entered the world of Flute in 2018. The energy, passion and commitment of Kelly and her company is so powerful and the impact that the work has to the lives of those with autism is breathtakingly inspirational. I am thrilled and honoured to support such vital work.

Mohit Mathur, Actor

Mohit Mathur, Actor

Working with flute theatre has been and still is one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. There is nothing more satisfying than to be able to connect with people in the room with total authenticity and a heart full of love. What I've learned and keep learning in my time with the kids is priceless.

Ninad Samaddar, Co-ordinator Flute India

Ninad Samaddar, Co-ordinator Flute India

With Flute Theatre I rediscovered the steps leading back to my immortal inner child.

Noma Dumezweni, Patron

Noma Dumezweni, Patron

“I love the work that Flute Theatre do. I’ve witnessed some extraordinary moments and the power of theatre can do, the work they do with marginalised people and their families is extraordinary to behold”

Oliver Mclellan, Actor

Oliver Mclellan, Actor

To be in the room as people begin to connect and communicate is a total privilege.

 Oscar Fabres, Assistant Director

Oscar Fabres, Assistant Director

Building a unique space where real and honest communiaction is possible. A place where we can look into the eyes of each other and go beyond language.

Paul Gorostidi, Actor

Paul Gorostidi, Actor

The work of Flute is so important. Simple and unconventional. I'm very proud to be a part of it.

Paula Rodriguez, Actor

Paula Rodriguez, Actor

The work we do is artistically risky and transformative. Always in search of authenticity and magic.

Quim Avila Conde, Actor, Assistant Director

Quim Avila Conde, Actor, Assistant Director

Imagine a place where for the very first time in your life you're not treated as a 'victim', a place where you're asked for help and your identity is taken as something more than just the word autism. This place is called Flute Theatre.

Sifiso Mazibuko, Actor

Sifiso Mazibuko, Actor

This work is transformative and extremely beautiful. The tender exchange of love and humanity is at the heart of Flute Theatre. I am always changed.