The programme aims to devise new ways to connect with audiences, which will launch with Doorstep Jamboree.

Oily Cart have announced that the Doorstep Jamboree travelling band will be popping up across London this September on the doorsteps of families with young people labelled as having complex needs who are still shielding. The band will play Balkan-inspired tunes from Oily Cart’s sensory gig Jamboree. A colourful and joyful celebration of resilience, the tour is also a protest and advocacy tool to make sure those shielding are not invisible at this time.

Each performance of Doorstep Jamboree will be  unique and responsive to the individual family. Families who have been nominated and selected will be able to choose from a menu of performance activities based on their needs and preferences.

Activities include a personalised zoom performance with a song dedicated to the young person. This is recorded and added to an album of songs from Jamboree that the family will be sent afterwards. Another option is the young person  can select their favourite musician from the band to improvise outside their house for an hour. On arrival the musician will post bespoke sensory props through the letterbox, so they can jam together through the window or letterbox. Alternatively, the full band can visit the family  to improvise outside their house for an hour. On arrival the musician will post bespoke sensory props through the letterbox, so they can jam together through the window or letterbox.

Doorstep Jamboree is the first project in Oily Cart’s ‘Uncancellable Programme’, developed in response to the global health crisis. Over the next 18 months, the company will take work online, into homes and onto the streets to ensure they are serving their community throughout this difficult time.

The event  will take place at five homes in Oily Cart’s home borough Wandsworth and five more throughout London. There will be a ‘pop-up’ version that will visit the Richard House Children’s Hospice as well as children’s outdoor play centres and residential schools.

Robyn Steward who is part of the Jamboree band and disabled activist said:”Many kids around the UK have not been able to go out at all, this group of children have really high support needs but are still human and have positive qualities, but when you don’t see people it’s easy to forget about them. It’s also vital that children who are not able to speak are listened to through their own means of communication, which can be subtle. Jamboree was inspired by the ideas the kids gave us which we would have never come up with by ourselves. There’s a whole population of young people and adults who are not able to speak and who are having to shield, but they deserve to be listened to its not so easy for them to communicate so we have a responsibility to listen.”

The Doorstep Jamboree will tour to venues from the 15th September – 11 October 2020. To find out more about the company visit: https://oilycart.org.uk/