Productions /

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Playful Tiger

Playful Tiger tells the story of a tiger’s visit to a rigid family home through the eyes of the child, with a focus on sensory engagement. Playfulness within the work creates space for a two-way response between audience and performers. The work has been
created specifically for children and young people who are profoundly autistic and mainly non-verbal. The capacity for the show is 6 to 8 young people with their families and or carers.


Barrowland Ballet is delighted to announce that Playful Tiger has been awarded funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation for this new piece of work with children and young people who are profoundly autistic, in order to explore how improvisation and sensory approaches can provide an artistic collaboration with this audience. The work will develop methods of devising work informed by the children's own impulses and responses as well as the artists’ observations.

This funding is also supporting the Barrowland Ballet and Ellie Griffiths team to research and develop the most effective approaches to training and supporting venues to welcome and engage children and young people who are profoundly autistic and mainly non-verbal and their families.

Our team / performers

  • Choreographer
    Natasha Gilmore
  • Neuro-diverse specialist
    Ellie Griffiths
  • Performers
    Jade Adamson, Kai-Wen Chuang, Vince Virr
  • Composer
    Kim Moore
  • Set and Lighting Design
    Fred Pommerehn
  • Costume Design
    Christine Dove
  • Producer
    Belinda McElhinney
  • Audience Development and PR
    Sally Wilson