Multisensory storytelling for everyone
Cassandra has drawn from her unique background in psychology, circus, dance and disability to create Tactile Tales and The Coat of Many Colours - inclusive storytelling for adults and children with multiple and profound disabilities.
As a disabled person, Cassandra believes that storytelling should be for everyone; and that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with storytelling in their own way. As a professional storyteller, she has been committed to developing a model of inclusive interactive storytelling that invites all audiences to experience that freedom of expression.
This twenty year programme of research and development has culminated in:
- Tactile Tales - inclusive storytelling performances
- The Coat of Many Colours - inclusive storytelling training for educators, artists and carers
Tactile Tales - inclusive storytelling performances
Tactile Tales are: Stories brought to life through an extravagant and exquisite array of tactile, textile props, so the story can be seen, felt, heard and lived by all. All the props have been specially designed to be swung, stroked and shared so that the audience is immersed, involved and included in the creation of a story.
"I wanted Tactile Tales to show how adults and children with profound and multiple disabilities can be given the freedom to interact with and express their ideas through multisensory storytelling." explains Cassandra "Initially Tactile Tales was developed exclusively for disabled children, but as word of the stories has spread, the audiences have grown and grown, with international storytelling festivals including Tactile Tales as an event for everyone"
"I've seen many examples of stories told at children with complex needs but this is the first time I have seen stories truly shared with them - wonderful." Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist UK