The Badger Story is a new digital multi-sensory theatre experience, that allows people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and high health needs, to enjoy the Arts in their own home.
The global COVID-19 pandemic poses a huge risk to those with high health needs or disabilities, which often means extended periods in the home, supported living environment or hospital. Access to rich Arts experiences, like theatre, aren’t possible yet the need for the Arts, to help with mental health and wellbeing, is greater than ever. The team at Glass Ceiling Arts Collective thought it important to do something innovative using digital technologies, to provide that access in another way..
They’ve worked tirelessly through New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown to pull together a crack team of talented artists, to create this new multi-sensory ‘theatre’ experience, which uses props, easily found in the supermarket and in the kitchen cupboard, to support the narrative.
The Badger Story is a short narrative pulled from “The Incredible and Glorious World According to The Fitzroys’’, our new work by Charlotte Nightingale that won Best Performance (Ensemble) at Auckland Fringe. An inclusive cast of performers told the story of Liam Fitzroy, a teenager with Autism for whom the outside world was tricky but, at home, the world he created with his family was quite incredible.
The experience has been created using multi-sensory techniques developed in collaboration with the UK’s Frozen Light Theatre, and will be ready for ‘in-home’ audiences in October 2020. The Badger Story is offered free to audiences in Aotearoa New Zealand - head to www.glassceilingartscollective.com to register.
The Badger Story has been developed with support from Creative New Zealand’s Covid Response fund and The IHC Foundation.