Who we are Alistair Hoyle, Actor It is theatre that is completely honest, alive and it is rooted in the beautiful world and language of Shakespeare. A universal language that is spoken through the body and soul as much as it is with words. Professor Antonia Hamilton, Researcher Working with Flute Theatre has given us new ways to collect neuroscientific data on dynamic social interactions both in actors and in young people with autism. For the first time, we have been able to see into the brains of actors as they perform on stage and begin to understand the neural mechanisms of performance. 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 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 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. Claire Seller, Company Stage Manager I believe Shakespeare needs to be experienced to be understood. Flute finds so many ways to do this- through action, voice and music. Flute’s performances dance in that magical world which only theatre can offer, enthralling not only the audience, but also our company every single show. 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 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 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'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) Heather Cooper, Company Stage Manager Flute theatre reaches to the core of communication. Providing magical moments, not only our participants but also company members, to connect through the stories of Shakespeare. 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 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. Dr Jamie Ward, Researcher, Advisory Committee Member The effect of the actors on the children’s behaviour is remarkable — and very moving. In some of the shows I was trying to be a detached scientist type, but I kept getting drawn in by what was going on, and found myself wiping away a tear or two. The work of Flute really is quite special. Jane Claire OBE, Trustee Working with Kelly and all the talented people involved with Flute is a source of great pride to me. I never fail to be moved by what they achieve and the positive effect they have on the lives of young people and their families. Joanne Horsley, Teacher - Drama and Performing Arts Teacher When Flute work with us, our young people become immersed in an experience which allows them to play, move, express, interact, imagine and feel. I always marvel at how they reach every learner, no matter what the challenges. It makes me weep every time! 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 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. Kelly Hunter MBE, Artistic Director When I started creating this work, I didn’t take photographs or make films of the children as I wanted to let them feel completely unobserved and free. Twenty years later, the families, teachers and young people themselves want to tell the world about these experiences, so that more people who are marginalised and excluded by autism can share in our unique way of making theatre. Lisha Aquino Rooney, Ambassador I believe in Flute Theatre whole heartedly, it gives the children a space to be themselves, to be safe, to experiment without any judgements. And it's more than just about the children it's about the families too. Because it's so inclusive, it extends to when your at home, Lumin has used those tools to calm himself down, and I've even used the breathing exercises too! Luke Pillay, Creative Associate Working with flute theatre has been a great adventure. The cast has been fun and absolutely amazing to work with. I have never experienced particular type of games with Shakespeare. One of my favourite plays that I enjoyed doing with flute theatre was 'Pericles Prince of Tyre.' 'Pericles! Oh, my heart, Oh my head!' 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. Professor Michael Dobson, Trustee I have become increasingly interested in Shakespeare beyond mainstream professional performance, and I have been enthusiastically involved in Kelly Hunter's work with excluded audiences since 2001. 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 With Flute Theatre I rediscovered the steps leading back to my immortal inner child. 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 To be in the room as people begin to connect and communicate is a total privilege. 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 The work of Flute is so important. Simple and unconventional. I'm very proud to be a part of it. 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 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. Professor Robert Shaughnessy, Advisory Committee Member Flute’s work is extraordinary in the deepest sense of the word, remaking our understanding and experience of what Shakespeare is, and can be. It creates a space to meet, to play, and, above all, to dream. 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. Talia Rodgers, Trustee I’ve followed Kelly’s unique work with Flute for many years and am passionate about its ability to transform and enrich lives. I could not be more proud to be involved as a trustee.