The creativity of young people with learning disabilities placed at the heart of the cultural life of Coventry and Birmingham, increasing its diversity and encouraging different ways of being: the OTI programme explores this possibility through a unique theatre practice called shystering that celebrates, challenges and transforms

Facts and Figures

Over 300 young people with learning disabilities are engaged in our current programme of work

Our work has received national and international recognition. 

We are a registered charity – you can donate directly to our work here


amazing, simple, effective, fun’

‘the results have far exceeded expectations: students have shown exceptional development.’

‘one of the most artistically inspiring experiences I have had’

‘we have seen stunning results in all our classes and we now see it as a core activity in our curriculum’
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We have photograph gallery on the “Pinterest” website. To view the gallery,
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Shystering at work on the video clip. Click here for the latest update on the many projects included in the current OTI programme.

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About Us

The Open Theatre Interactive programme of work operates principally in Coventry and Birmingham and is run by Open Theatre Company. The programme direct engages young people with learning disabilities in its theatre practice ‘shystering’ as a transformatory tool that develops and enhances their creative and life skills. More here

What We Do

OTI’s core activity is creating tailor-made collaborative drama projects and productions with young people with learning disabilities and developing real opportunities for these young people to engage in and contribute to the cultural life of their cities. More here

How We Do It

we aim to help develop sustainable creative futures for the young people we engage with in the OTI programme by working in close partnership with a wide range of organisations  –  including special schools and other arts organisations in both cities More here

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