Who we are
Oily Cart aims to reimagine theatre for young audiences to make it more inclusive. We create sensory theatre that can be enjoyed by children who are very young and those who are labelled as having complex needs including those with profound and multiple disabilities, with an autistic spectrum condition, and those who are deafblind and multi-sensory impaired.
We travel across the UK and internationally to present work in venues, schools and hospitals. We transform these spaces into colourful, tactile wonderlands. We invite our audience to join us in a world of the imagination. Using hydro-therapy pools, trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, and puppetry, together with a vast array of sensory techniques, we create original and highly specialised theatre for our young audiences.
If you are over 16 years old and feel that you could make a strong contribution to the development and sustainability of Oily Cart then we would love to hear from you. You don’t need to have a high-flying career. We understand that expertise can come in many forms. We are keen to make our board more representative of the communities we work with, as well as increasing company expertise in the areas outlined below.
You would be joining our board at a really exciting time for the organisation as we are about to enter our 40th year. It’s an opportunity to make a huge difference to the next chapter of Oily Cart. We are ambitious about the company’s future and are planning a dynamic artistic programme.
The key skills we are currently seeking are:
- Education: Knowledge of Specialist school curriculums. Experience working in these settings directly with young people. Understanding technologies and best practices used in specialist schools.
- Disabled Advocacy: Insight and lived experience of the barriers disabled artists and audiences face engaging in cultural activity. Strong political advocacy skills. Good links with disabled-led arts networks. Understanding of best practice in access.
- Fundraising: Ambassadorial and networking skills. Experience in fundraising through trusts and foundations, corporations and personal donorship programmes.
- Digital, marketing and audience development: Connections with digital media companies. Skills in marketing, communication and audience development