Shakespeares Hjärtslag (Shakespeare’s Hearbeat) is based on William Shakespeare's play Pericles. Using a number of selected scenes and rhythmic lyrics, music and songs from the the children/young people are invited to participate. Together with the actors, they explore the characters' feelings, thoughts and intentions. First, the actors show what the scenes are about and then invite the audience to participate.
The young audience is given the opportunity to develop their communicative skills - such as eye contact, spatial awareness, speech, language and imagination - through their own individual abilities.
Ages from 10, for children and young people within autism spectrum
This performance is part of the theme FUNKTION.
Time and place
Play time: Time and place will be published the 11th of March!
The show is directed by Kelly Hunter, former actor at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is the founder and artistic director of Flute Theater and works with theatre for a young audience with diagnoses within the autism spectrum. Kelly Hunter, through Shakespeare's lyrics and its multifaceted characters, has developed a unique method for creating inclusive performances for this audience. The core of her work is based on the most basic of all Shakespeare's plays; what it means to be a human being in the encounter with another human being.
She describes her method: Those with autism struggle with making themselves understood, their struggle is communicative and sensory. Through focusing on moments in Shakespeare where characters emerge through seeing, thinking and feeling, my games offer children and young people on the spectrum an opportunity to express themselves, exploring eye contact, language skills, spacial awareness, facial expressions and imaginative play. The children play the games with actors in a safe loving space where everyone involved can begin to share common human experience. These sensory games form the basis for Flute Theatre‘s productions for children with autism.
On stage: Ulrika Beijer, Francoise Fournier, Eva von Hofsten, Arabella Lyons
- Director: Kelly Hunter
- Composer: Tom Chapman
- Scenographer and costume designer: Petra Hjortsberg-Möller
- Drama pedagogue: Helene Åhström
- Project manager: Eva von Hofsten
- Producer: Anna Thelin
FUNKTION is a collaboration between Bibu, Scen:se and Folkteatern Gävleborg. It is made possible with fundings from Kulturrådet and Signatur - Insamlingsstiftelse för musikfrämjande.
Scen:se is a three year project with the aim to create art for children and youth with complex needs. A collaboration between Hudiksvalls kommun, Glada Hudikteaterns supporterklubb, Folkteatern Gävleborg, Riksteatern Barn & Unga and Hälsinglands Museum, with fundings from Allmänna Arvsfonden, Svenska Postkodstiftelsen, Region Gävleborg and Kulturrådet.