Introductory meeting
Friday 7th August at 2pm (BST). 

Course Date
10th – 21st August, weekday afternoons

The International Sensory Lab is an opportunity to be part of a diverse group of artists from across the globe, to learn, create, and participate in an exploration of sensory theatre. This online, part time course, which unfolds over two weeks, will feature in-depth training and mentoring from the core team of Oily Cart: the company who pioneered sensory theatre practice almost 40 years ago. Participants will benefit from learning from a range of specialised artists including Frozen Light Theatre and the International Inclusive Arts Network (IIAN), who will launch the ‘World Map of Inclusivity’ as part of this exchange. This course is led in partnership with Rose Bruford College’s Theatre for Young Audiences Research Centre. It marks the launch of Sensory Lab, an ongoing training and research partnership to explore Sensory Theatre Practice.

We are delighted to once again be collaborating with Oily Cart on a two-week-long training course.

Oily Cart is one of the foremost companies in the UK creating theatre specifically for young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or an Autistic Spectrum Condition.

The collaboration has organised three highly successful week-long training courses in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017 to much acclaim from the participants, to get a flavour of what you can expect from the week please view the video below.



“Such a wonderful eye opening experience. I can’t stop thinking about Sensory Theatre and where I’m about to take it next!”
Training Participant 2019


This course is designed for artists of all disciplines who are interested in creating sensory performance work.

During the week you will be invited to a series of presentations, discussions and workshops with leading researchers and practitioners in sensory theatre. There will also be time to discuss your own work and ideas. No experience of working with young people is necessary. The week is designed to support artists by building confidence in audience approach and interaction, giving an understanding of the international context of the work, and sparking creative ideas for future projects. 


“I have enjoyed every moment of the course and have been completely inspired by those both teaching and attending. My eyes have been opened to a whole sensory world and I’m never shutting them again."
Participant 2019

Cost: £150

Delivery: A mixture of live and pre-recorded online sessions, including presentations, seminars, discussions and one-to-one mentoring
Dates: Introductory meeting on Friday 7th August at 2pm (BST). The course runs weekday afternoons from 10th – 21st August.
To apply: Your application should include:

  • What theatre, or other creative work you have done so far
  • Why you’re interested in sensory theatre, and the current context for this type of work in your country.
  • If sensory theatre is not currently taking place where you live, this will not be viewed negatively in your application

Please send your application to Flossie Waite [email protected] by Sunday 12th July

Oily Cart champions the value of diversity and equality in society, and we strongly encourage D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent people to apply, as well as people from BAME backgrounds and other marginalised groups. 

Bursaries: Two bursaries are available for D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent artists. Further information can be found in the documents below. If you would prefer to discuss International Sensory Lab and the application process over the phone, please contact Flossie Waite [email protected]

You can see more information and download relvant documents here: