Moulded Theatre first started working with The Makaton Charity in 2016, during the creation of our accessible family show Ribbet Ribbet Croak.
We had been making devised theatre for children and families for a few years but due to working on various projects - including with the Mighty Mega participants at Discover Children's Story Centre - we realised that we wanted to make accessible theatre for complex needs audiences.
From this point on we contacted The Makaton Charity and formed a strong partnership; we are now proud to be recognised as a Makaton Friendly business.
Our partnership has helped us to receive Arts Council England funding twice in order to develop the production and currently to broaden the audience reach, so that even more complex needs families and groups can access Ribbet Ribbet Croak.
During the redevelopment process, we spent the best week working with two amazing Makaton tutors, Jenny Rathbone and Zanna Finnerty, to fully integrate Makaton into the production. We learnt over 150 signs and symbols in this time, most of which are in the show!
Without the continued support of The Makaton Charity, we would not be the company we are today - and Ribbet Ribbet Croak would not be the accessible, inclusive show we now perform.
From September 2017 - April 2018 we are on tour around London and the UK - for the full tour dates and further information about Moulded Theatre, please have a look at our website - www.mouldedtheatre.com and check out our blog! You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @MouldedTheatre.