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Oily Cart

Since 1981 Oily Cart has been taking its unique blend of theatre to children and young people in schools and venues across the UK. Challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience, it creates innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions for the very young and for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

By transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ Oily Cart invites its audience to join them in a world of the imagination. Using hydro-therapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry, together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques, it creates original and highly specialised theatre for our young audiences.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £281,889
  • 2013-2014: £290,346
  • 2014-2015: £299,056

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Mr and Mrs Moon - a new show for 2-5 year olds

When the Woman Who Lives In The Moon comes down from the sky to play with the children on a beautiful beach, she likes it so much she doesn't want to go home. Join her and feel the sand between your toes and the Moonwind in your hair as we dance to the music of the stars. A sparkling new show for 2-5 year olds written and directed by Tim Webb with live music written by Max Reinhardt and Catriona Price and a beautiful design by Claire de Loon. The audience will be immersed in a magical Oily mix of interaction, playfulness and adventure. 7th Dec 13 - 5th Jan 14 Stratford Circus, London Box office 0844 357 2625 14th - 25th Jan 14 Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold Box office 0845 330 3565 28th Jan - 1st Feb 14 Gulbenkian, Canterbury Box office 01227 769075 4th - 8th Feb 14 The Key Theatre, Peterborough Box office 01733 207237

leaf chair

How to use the leaf chairs in the OilyCart show Tube

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AIR Trailer-1.mp4

Oily Cart and Ockham's Razor present Something in the Air at the Contact Theatre Manchester, as part of the Manchester International Festival, July 2009.

String Trailer

Trailer for the 2008 Oily Cart Christmas show 'How Long is a Piece of String?' Unicorn Theatre, December 2009.

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Contact details

Smallwood School Annexe
Smallwood Road
SW17 0TW

51.430698, -0.17649

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