“We’ve just announced our new, online, multi-sensory show, ‘Shebaa’s Adventure to Jopplety How‘ by Elle Douglas. The pre-recorded video will be released online on 31st July, and will be available internationally for young audiences living with profound and multiple learning disabilities,” says Daniel Swift, Artistic Director of Concrete Youth theatre company.
This is a show, explains Daniel, for audiences ‘who feel a huge lack of cultural provision in usual times, but especially now.’
Concrete Youth are delighted to present Shebaa’s Adventure to Jopplety How. Written by Elle Douglas and directed be Belle Streeton, this online multi-sensory production for audiences living with profound and multiple learning disabilities is perfect to ease the boredom of lockdown, packed full of sensory moments that are sure to open up the imaginations of little ones.
Shebaa The Sheep has never had any wool! She spends her days feeling different from all of the other sheep in her herd and it makes her feel very sad. After finding a book at her local library, Shebaa goes on a quest to meet the world’s most intelligent and wise creature in all of the land – The Wisdom Cow of Jopplety How – in the hope that she can grant her one wish, to have a coat of wool her lamb friends would envy. Shebaa goes on an adventure, meets other furry friends on the way, and learns that there are differences in the most unlikely of places.
“Audiences will be asked to gather everyday household items to act as sensory play stimuli during the show’s engagement periods,” says Daniel. “For example, at one point, we meet Harvey the Horse, so audiences may be asked to gather a fluffy blanket from their bedroom, so they can explore how Harvey’s fur feels.
“We’re delighted to be bringing this project to life, and very grateful to Two Ridings Community Foundation for their funding support.”
Concrete Youth is a Hull-based theatre company dedicated to creating multi-sensory theatre experiences for audiences living with profound and multiple learning disabilities. All of their work is usually performed in an accessible, calm and immersive environment, complemented with live music, signing, Makaton, chill-out rooms, and with limited audience capacity.
“Due to COVID-19, we’ve been unable to engage with our audiences in-person, so we’re delighted to have the opportunity to create new, original theatre, that our audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities can access from the comfort of their own home, whilst shielding,” said Daniel.
[Daniel Swift – edited]