Charity information

Oily Cart

Since 1981 Oily Cart has been creating its unique blend of theatre for the very young, young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and those on the Autistic Spectrum.

Founded 1981

  • Mission statement

    Oily Cart was established 34 years ago to create theatre for two audiences who are often under provided for in terms of cultural activity: the very young and young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and/or for those on the Autistic Spectrum. We aim to make a positive difference to the lives of young people and their families, who can be excluded from cultural activity because of the barriers they face through disability.

    Challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience, we create innovative, multi-sensory and highly interactive productions. By transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ we invite our audience to join us in a world of the imagination. Using hydro-therapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques, we create original and highly specialised theatre for our young audiences. All sorts of shows for all sorts of kids!

  • Aims

    Oily Cart aims to:

    • To further the social and cultural welfare of a vital but often neglected audience, young people with complex disabilities or an autistic spectrum disorder by the creation of multi-sensory theatre.
    • To further the cultural welfare of a second frequently neglected audience, children from 6 months to six years old by the creation of performances that specifically address their requirements.
  • Overview

    Established: October 1981

    Registered Charity Number: 1000799

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 5

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 15

    Phone number: 0208 672 6329

    Address: Oily Cart, Smallwood School Annexe, Smallwood Road, London SW17 0TW

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