Poets in a Pool.

Over the next five weeks Apples and Snakes poets Aoife Mannix and Joseph Coelho will be creatively engaging in the rehearsal process of Oily Carts new show Pool Piece. This blog will be a record of their experiences over the rehearsal period – a place to share thoughts, reflections and of course poetry. After the rehearsal period both poets will spend four days devising and performing at Amwell School alongside the Oily team and six regional artists.  Please join us on this journey.



A new multi-sensory hydro-pool theatre show by Oily Cart

Oily Cart is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies; creating shows for young children aged 6 months to 6 years and is the only theatre company to create highly specialised theatre ‘wonderlands’ specifically for young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Their new production ‘Pool Piece’, from 2 June to 18 July in the specialist schools of Amwell View School, Hertfordshire, and St Ann’s, Michael Tippet and Watergate in South London, builds on their highly acclaimed work in hydro-pools by working more closely and over an extended period of time, to enable Oily Cart to develop closer involvement with the young people, their families and carers taking part.


Speaking about ‘Pool Piece’ Oily Cart’s Artistic Director, Tim Webb, commented:

There are so many exciting features about this project. Firstly it sees us collaborating with artists from the eastern region of England, sponsored by the brilliant Theatre Is. Secondly it will plunge two performance poets from the Apples and Snakes live literature organization into the pool with us for one week. But best of all it allows these artists and the Oily Cart team to work with the young people with complex disabilities over a period of up to five week. That means that we can really get to know what makes them tick & they will be so much more at ease with us.


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