NEWS: Rose Theatre Kingston Announces Line Up for Accessible Theatre Festival

The Let Me in Festival will run at the theatre from the 21st to the 22nd June.


The Rose Theatre in Kingston has today announced the full programme for its Let Me in Festival, an inclusive two day festival with a line up of both free and ticketed events for guests with physical, learning and sensory needs, carers, families and friends. 

This year’s programme includes Inside, an immersive performance for young children and families presented by What’s Coming out of the Box; Queen of the Pack, a story of community, hope and werewolves brought to life by the Drama and Learning Disabilities classes of Kingston Adult Education; iPA a production by Bloomin’ Arts exploring issues surrounding care; Let Me In: Lift Off!, an inclusive story-telling workshop hosted by Rose Youth Theatre for young people aged 11+; Collar and Cuffs’ production of Crabby, the story of a hermit crab who loses his shell; and a back stage sensory tour of the Rose Theatre Kingston.

The Let Me In festival co-ordinator Harriet Astbury said: “We can’t wait to bring the Let Me In festival back to the Rose for 2019.We must strive to meet the needs of all children in our community. National statistics and research indicate that 40% of children with a learning disability have never been to the theatre. This highlights why it’s so important to provide access to good quality theatre and age-appropriate artistic activity, suitable for the needs of this audience. Fostering inclusivity is at the heart of what we do at the Rose, so having the chance to celebrate that with a diverse range of guests is really rewarding.”

The festival was formed in 2011 to engage with  children and their families, to create strong relationships with local schools, community groups, parents and carers alike. 

The Let Me in Festival will run at the Rose Theatre from the 21st to the 22nd June.

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