Igniting all the senses

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Woosh is an interactive experience.
Camera IconWoosh is an interactive experience. Credit: Supplied

Sensorium Theatre is helping children with disabilities in the Great Southern, with new show Whoosh! to be held next month.

The interactive show hopes to spark the imagination of an audience the theatre company feels is often neglected.

Sensorium Theatre co-artistic director Michelle Hovane said children would be invited into a spaceship blasting off into the universe and crash landing on an unknown planet.

“There is no fourth wall and no sitting down, watching and being quiet,” she said. “This show is a fantastic mix of assistive technology and good old-fashioned theatre craft.

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“We felt that it was important that these young people, who may have limited independence and agency in their lives because of their support needs, could really have the opportunity to have some control and agency within the show.”

The show focuses on ability and everyone involved will be able to find a way to interact.

“For us as performers, there is no greater pleasure than taking these young people on an imaginative journey,” Hovane said.

“Sometimes it is the first theatre show that they have been on and sometimes it is the first theatre experience where they could be themselves.”

Sensorium Theatre has been creating shows since 2011 for thousands of young people worldwide.

Whoosh!, pictured, comes to Albany Entertainment Centre on June 15.

Tickets via ptt.wa.gov.au or the AEC box office.

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