• Eat The Stars

    22nd October 2019 by

    Six ingredients, that’s all it takes. Six ingredients to make the stars, your sandwich, goats, flowers and you. Well, six and a little shake of this and that. In Eat the Stars you’ll use all your senses to triumph in a game of extraordinary imagination, whimsy and fun. We are all made of stardust after… Read more

  • All Roads Lead to Bearwood

    23rd September 2019 by

    All Roads Lead to Bearwood (June 2019) was an interactive, playful performance with original music, movement and stories inspired by interviews with the local community in Bearwood, which is due west of Birmignham City by about 4 miles. Audience members were asked to join in games and enjoy performances across five festival sites – there… Read more

  • I am Me. We Are Kindred.

    23rd September 2019 by

    With trademark whimsy and intense positivity, this May 2018 show saw Spectra return with a new adventure for all the senses. All ages and abilities were welcomed as we set off on an extraordinary journey to find out whether you can be you and still be part of your crew. Is it only what we… Read more

  • Forge

    23rd September 2019 by

    In May 2018, with partners Open Theatre Company and MotherShip, Spectra hosted a symposium that aimed to defy perceptions and provoke change. Attached to a performance of I am Me. We are Kindred., this was a day of engaging, impactful enquiry and action that sought to increase programming of performances by learning disabled artists. 

  • Hanging in the Balance

    23rd September 2019 by

    Hanging in the Balance was performed at MAC Birmingham in May 2017. Our audiences were invited to delve into a mystical world of enchanting sights, sounds, tastes, smells and things to do. With our world hanging in the balance, they joined our courageous characters on an adventure through the MAC, enjoying delicious nibbles, mesmerising music,… Read more

  • Seek/Find

    23rd September 2019 by

    In May 2016, we invited audiences to come along on a beautiful beast of a multi-sensory promenade, immersive performance experience made by a mixed community and professional cast. The audience was invited to taste, feel, see, smell and hear their way on a daring quest through Cannon Hill Park. With the help of Spectra’s intrepid… Read more

  • New Heights R&D

    13th November 2020 by

    Spectra’s very first online, live, multi-sensory adventure – a reflection on the R&D process from the team. Overview from Kate DeRight, Creative Director As the pandemic hit, we had to put our touring plans on hold and start to think about how on earth we were going to continue our work. We wondered if there… Read more

  • LAUNCH: Full Report & Executive Summary

    9th February 2020 by

    In September 2019, Spectra commissioned Arts Journalist and Theatre Critic, Bella Todd, to write a report on improving critical engagement with theatre made by artists with learning disabilities. This report is a response to a growing sense that theatre criticism is failing to keep up with the increasingly professional, interesting and artistically driven work being… Read more

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