Sensorium Theatre leads Australia in the creation of unique, artistically excellent, sensory theatre designed with and for children and young people with living with disability. All Sensorium Theatre’s work is rigorously co-designed with their target audience of children living with disability in partnership with a network of specialist schools and education support centres in Western Australia.
The creative seeds of Sensorium Theatre were planted in 2010 when Francis Italiano and Michelle Hovane developed their first sensory theatre project, The Jub Jub Tree, auspiced by Barking Gecko Theatre Company. The work was developed further in 2011, through an artist residency at Carson Street School, which specialises in education for students with intellectual and complex disability. The inclusive and collaborative creative development process piloted in 2011 at Carson Street sits at the heart of Sensorium’s methodology today, and The Jub Jub Tree successfully introduced Sensorium Theatre to schools in WA, supported by Performing Lines WA.
In 2013, using this two-way experiential dramaturgical process, Sensorium Theatre developed a new work OddySea, which toured metropolitan schools and was presented in its first public venue performance at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre in 2014, before touring to the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne in 2015; a landmark in Australia’s accessible arts presentation. With its inspirational sets and costume and original musical score OddySea delighted audiences; toured WA and Australia in 2016 and 2017; was nominated for Helpmann Awards in both 2016 and 2018; and was presented internationally at the Big Umbrella Festival, Lincoln Centre, New York, and The Artground, Singapore. Since then, Sensorium Theatre has created a highly acclaimed interactive intergalactic adventure, WHOOSH! which toured regionally and nationally; and in March 2023, Wonderbox, a fourth multi-sensory work, commissioned by Perth Festival premiered to audience and critical acclaim.