Oily Cart theatre director wins international award

The artistic director of Oily Cart, a Wandsworth-based theatre company, has won a international award for her outstanding achievements and contributions to theatre for young audiences.

Ellie Griffiths was awarded a prize of $5,000 for her work with young disabled people and sensory theatre.

She said: “Making this work is the greatest honour of my life. It is infinitely challenging and infinitely inspiring. I am indebted to the founders of Oily Cart and the young disabled artists we collaborate with, who continually make us dig deeper, get more creative, and rip up the rule book to find new possibilities of what theatre can be.

“I believe that sensory work is the closest we can get to a universal theatre language, which feels more vital than ever at a time of deep divisions and polarised perspectives. What’s exciting is that we are just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of its potential.”

Ms Griffiths is the first UK artist to receive the ASSITEJ International Award for Artistic Excellence.




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