Kids’ show set for lift-off

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A FUND­ING boost will al­low a pioneer in sen­sory theatre for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties the chance to rocket their fans to gal­ax­ies be­yond our own.

Hamil­ton Hill’s Sen­so­rium Theatre was last month handed a $105,000 grant which co-artis­tic di­rec­tor Fran­cis Ital­iano said would be used to cre­ate a space­ship for its lat­est in­ter­ac­tive show, Whoosh!

“The idea came from some of the kids we have been work­ing with,” he said.

“We asked them where they would like to go next and they said outer space.

“We took up the chal­lenge and said ‘sure, we can do that’.

“To­gether with the kids’ imag­i­na­tion and ours, we can take them to gal­ax­ies far, far away.”

Mr Ital­iano said Sen­so­rium had been work­ing on the set piece for 12 months.

He said the Lot­tery­west grant would al­low them to move into the last stage of devel­op­ment with its team of artists.

The aim is to have the show ready by mid-next year.

“We will be plan­ning to do a cou­ple of test runs early next year,” he said.

“That’s about work­ing with some of our part­ner schools and get­ting kids to give their di­rect feed­back be­cause they’re both our co-col­lab­o­ra­tors and our big­gest crit­ics.”

It is a busy pe­riod for the lo­cal out­fit which will make its in­ter­na­tional de­but next year when it pre­sents its pro­duc­tion Od­dysea at New York’s Lin­coln Cen­ter as part of the Big Um­brella Fes­ti­val.

Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said he was “thrilled” to be able to hand over a grant that would be put to a great cause.

Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son with Sen­so­rium Theatre artist Amity Cul­ver and Chyna Smith dur­ing a sto­ry­time event.

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