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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News on Sessions and Groups After Half-Term Break

After half-term there are even more sessions in special schools – with a full day in The Pines in addition to the half-day sessions in 4 other schools

The Coventry after school theatre group that OTI runs starts again after half-term on November 11th at The Shop Front Theatre 4.30pm - 6.00pm each week

Traineeship Update

Jake Jarvis is starting his traineeship with OTC in November 2013 which will hopefully lead to a full apprenticeships at the end of six months 

Continuing discussions with Birmingham Hippodrome on New Projects

OTI is continuing discussions with Birmingham Hippodrome and Lee Fisher from Freefall to look at ways of setting up performance groups like One of a Kind at various venues around the city so that young people with learning disabilities have greater access to the arts. The first of these is being piloted at Queensbury School in Erdington

Who Am I Project Photos

2. The artists from the Who Am I project have been in to two sessions now and worked with some OOAK members to create photographs to be included in a major exhibition at Birmingham City Library - more details

One Kind of a Theatre

One of a Kind Theatre group are having a full day of work on Tuesday 29th October - half-term week - working on ideas for Hansel and Gretel. We are planning to create a major full scale production of Hansel and Gretel to be performed at the Patrick Centre in Birmingham in Spring 2015 in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome.

Arts Development UK Conference - Birmingham

Richard and Jake will be speaking at the next Arts Development UK Conference to be held at Birmingham’s new Library at the end of November 2013. They will be speaking about the role that the arts can play in the lives of young people with learning disabilities alongside Gus Garside, former national arts officer for Mencap.

Krasnoyarsk Conference

Richard Hayhow, Open Theatre Interactive's director, has been booked to deliver master-classes in his theatre practice in a conference to be held in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in November this year. 

Warwick Arts Centre on Boys Dancing

OTI is working with Warwick Arts Centre on Boys Dancing ( and a Coventry special school to involve some young boys with learning disabilities in their next project which culminates in a huge production at WAC in February 2014

Creative Alliance

OTI is intending to become instrumental in setting up with Creative Alliance ( a number of arts apprenticeships for young people with learning disabilities in Birmingham and Coventry over the coming two years

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