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Helium seeks performer & musician for new early years and disability theatre project

Helium is seeking creative performers to take part in an action research phase for the development of an immersive and multi-sensory theatre experience for toddlers with severe intellectual and physical developmental delay. The initial development phase will take place between January and March 2016 in Co. Kildare. A production phase will take place in April/May 2016.

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About the project

Helium is in the process of developing an immersive and multi-sensory theatre experience for toddlers with severe intellectual and physical developmental delay who are cared for in the home, which will provide families with new ways of “attuning” to and bonding with their very young child. This project will be produced in collaboration with the nurses and families supported by the Jack and Jill Foundation and will eventually tour to families in their homes across Ireland.

This is the first time that this type of theatre performance will be developed in ROI. This work will be informed by Tim Webb (Oily Cart, UK), a European leader in creating interactive & multi-sensory theatre for children with disabilities as well as Theatre for Early Years. Tim will act as mentor to the director and support for the team. Helium will also link with Replay Theatre Company to further develop the work.

Creative Team

The project creative team will initially include a production manager, Avril Carr, director Joanna Williams, one performer, one musician, and a crafter/designer.

Who can apply?

We are seeking applicants who are genuinely committed to an exploratory, experiential theatre and music-making process which is responsive to the vision of Helium Arts and the ideas of project collaborators whether that be the creative team, parents, children, nurses etc, while having the ability to deliver a piece of quality artistic work.

We are seeking:

• One performer with skills in clowning, physical theatre, movement and puppetry/object manipulation
• One musician with skills in improvisation and composition


The deadline for applications is Friday, 23rd October at 4.30pm. No applications can be accepted after this time.

Application process

Please contact to request the full brief. When making your request, please specify whether you are a musician or a performer.


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