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ADVENTURES FOR NEURODIVERSE AUDIENCES and INCLUSIVE THEATREMAKING

With mentorship from Oily Cart Theatre Company, Anna introduced work for audiences with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties) to Replay's repertoire whilst Artistic Director for the company (2011-2016) - the first homegrown Irish work for this audience.  In 2017, Oily Cart invited Anna to direct HUSH-A-BYE - with versions for ages 3-5 years, 6 months to 2 years and children up to 8 with complex needs.

In 2016, Anna created FOUR GO WILD IN WELLIES for audiences aged 3-5 years (music by David Goodall and moves by Stevie Prickett) with inclusive performance company Indepen-Dance.  4GWIW continues to tour nationally and internationally including to the Bangkok International Children's Festival and the Awesome Festival in Australia in 2018, the TYA Inclusive Arts Festival, Tokyo in 2019 and and was one of the Guardian's top 50 picks at the Edinburgh Fringe.  

"Thirty minutes of sheer delight" - see review here.  Winner of Three Weeks Edinburgh Editor's Award. 

"a beautifully happy little piece of theatre'' - see review from Australia here.

Further international touring planned for 2019/20 to Canada, Columbia and the US.

 

And in 2019.... GROW - a new show for Early Years created for Indepen-Dance. "Indepen-Dance triumphs again" - The List.

2018 saw the creation of a new pool show SING ME TO THE SEA funded by Wicklow County Arts Office and in collaboration with Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare and Enable Ireland with further presentation in 2019 in association with the Civic Tallaght, the Mermaid Bray and Draoicht, Fingal  and Carlow Arts Festival through Arts Council of Ireland funding with support from Fingal County Council.

Further touring planned for 2020.

Click here to download audience feedback.

Also through Arts Council of Ireland funding, Anna created LITTLE TINY XMAS - a sensory seasonal adventure for children up to 5 years with complex needs). Further touring in 2019.

Anna has received Arts Council of Ireland funding to create a new show for children and young people with complex needs in 2020. GROOVE will be a 60's/70's inspired chilled-out "happening" that will tour to schools and venues.

 

In 2017, Anna devised MESS (a classroom adventure for audiences with PMLD) as part of a team of artists and clown doctors in Scotland.

Further presentation planned for 2019/20.

Shows created for Replay for this audience include:

 

BLISS - a pirate adventure which also was selected to represent the UK/Ireland at Assitej 2016

 

INTO THE BLUE - a watery adventure with music by award-winning composer David Goodall, performed in special schools hydropools.

BLISS

BLISS - created by Anna Newell for Replay Theatre Company

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