Touch-based theatre: where to from here?

When a touch-based theatre company adapted to social isolation they found new ways to engage with their audiences.

Lockdown rules are sorely testing our limits, but amid our frustrations it’s worth sparing a thought for a theatre company who rely almost entirely on the power of touch to drive what they do.

Sensorium Theatre is a Perth-based company who create immersive live performances for young audiences – in particular those living with a disability. Through their highly inclusive, often participatory shows, Sensorium has, since 2010, delivered a rich variety of imaginative experiences for thousands of young people across the country and around the globe. Recent international tours include a season at the Lincoln Center in New York as part of The Big Umbrella Festival for audiences with autism, as well as shows at The Artground in Singapore.

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Jo Pickup
About the Author
ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for WA arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at WAAPA.