Sensory Theatre & Inclusive Play - Brighton & South East England

About Different Planet Arts

Different Planet Arts produces unique sensory theatre and immersive arts experiences and delivers Inclusive Play Skills Training, for children and young people with complex disabilities 

"The first place that we can all go together and play and its so much fun!" - Sibling

We work in theatres, arts centres, schools, hospitals and community settings to create events, experiences, and environments in which we facilitate participants to co-create and play – connecting their inner and outer worlds. We are an artist-led charity that promotes inclusion and empowerment through imagination and participation. We work with hard to reach individuals and communities, devising different events and happenings tailored to the needs of specific groups of participants.

We achieve this through the principle of 360 degree inclusion, this enables children and young people with complex disabilities and their families who are often excluded and isolated to participate in cultural activities within the wider community.

We also deliver training in sensory theatre and inclusive play for parents, carers, and professionals.

“Real sense of wonder... such a joy… pure play and fun” -Parent

Current Projects

Online Inclusive Plays Skills Training for Parents, Carers and Professionals

Our very popular online inclusive play skills & creative engagement courses start in summer/ autumn 2024.

Sensory Cinema at The Depot Cinema

After a very successful year of running our innovative and inclusive sensory cinema  - WILD at The Depot, we are busy creating a brand new season for 2025. Our new form of relax cinema packed full of interactive fun, music, theatre, and sensory adventures. We create cinema outings for all the family to enjoy together and open up the fun of the cinema to even wider audiences. More information here

Wildheart - Sensory Theatre Project

After a hugely successful tour earlier in 2022/ 2023 relaunching our brand new sensory theatre show, we reached 1000+ children and young people around Sussex with immersive sensory theatre shows, arts workshops and sensory storytelling workshops. We are planning to tour the South East with Wildheart in 2025. Watch this space!
You can see our video here

With thanks for your invaluable support to The Arts Council England, The Wates Foundation and The Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund.

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Our Vision for Sensory Theatre & Inclusive Play

Our vision is an equal society where everybody - particularly children and young people with complex disabilities - enjoy, influence and are inspired by inclusive arts and cultural activities.

Our Mission

To create sensory theatre and participatory arts projects that reach children and young people with disabilities, and their families. We create opportunities for participation in arts experiences and for creative expression through the provision of interactive multi-disciplinary arts projects and events.

Different Planet Arts believes in a world where arts experiences and events are accessible to everyone. We believe that access and participation in cultural and arts experiences are fundamental to the human experience and vital to the health and empowerment of individuals and communities. We enable those who are often excluded and experience social isolation to participate in creative activities alongside family, peers and within the wider community.

We believe in:
Transformation: The therapeutic value of theatre and the arts and their ability to affect and create positive change in peoples’ lives. Our work is both thought-provoking and fun.

Connection: Participation and collaborative partnerships are central to our work.

Community: Strengthening communities and facilitating access to the arts through the creation of diverse cultural platforms.

Creativity and the arts provide key opportunities for emotional and social development, building communication and motor skills and promoting wellbeing.

To find out more about the benefits of our projects and to read feedback from our previous visitors, have a look at our Facebook Page , X and Instagram accounts. You can leave us a review, ask a question and get news on upcoming events.

We are a registered charity no. 1180547

“Being with other families was great, and all our family took part – great theatre and music it was gently focused on the individual needs of the children. Gentle, calm space – more please!” – Parent.

"We can’t wait for more!" – Parent 

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