Donate: Bring Oddysea to Bathurst

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Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre are raising funds to bring Oddysea to young audiences with special needs.

Oddysea – by Sensorium Theatre a multi-sensory performance for audiences with special needs.

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre have commenced a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of bringing Sensorium to Bathurst for a week in June.

Taking young audiences on an amazing undersea journey, Sensorium Theatre’s Oddysea is a multi-sensory performance specifically designed for audiences with special needs.

Set in a beautiful oceanic installation, the story unfolds around each audience member, using song, touch, smell and taste.

Starting on the seashore, Oddysea follows the adventures of Crab and Turtle as they dive deep beneath the sea, meeting a cast of colourful characters in this story of fun and friendship.
Hailing from Western Australia, Sensorium Theatre is at the forefront of inclusive performance in Australia, providing all children access to enriching artistic experiences.

“The ability to enjoy a story should be a right for kids with special needs,” co-Artistic Director Francis Italiano said. “We provide as many sensory ‘ins’ as possible – things to touch and smell and taste – so that everyone can experience the story.”

The public performances allow families to attend as a group and enjoy the performance together, with the needs of their child being at the forefront of the performers’ minds.

“Too often performances are designed for mainstream kids and sometimes a session gets adapted for children with special needs. We turned that on its head and created a show specifically for children with disabilities,” Italiano said.

Sensorium Theatre is dedicated to making shows that spark young imaginations, immersing them in amazing multi-sensory worlds to fully engage children in enriching artistic experiences.

While Sensorium is in Bathurst they will engage with students and teachers from Carenne (Bathurst) and Holman Place (Cowra). The cast will introduce the students to the characters and conduct professional development sessions with teachers in the days leading up to the performances. At the end of the week there will be two performances for the general public and people with disabilities of all ages are welcome to attend.

Please donate to the Oddysea fund

The current budgeted deficit to have Sensorium in Bathurst for the week is $17,400 and BMEC seek your help to bridge this gap.