I liked playing with Goat.
I liked the forest, it was WOW!
And Donkey did a burp. It was so funny, I was laughing my pants off!!!

Holly, Student from Carson Street Independent Public School (August 2011)

The Jub Jub Tree

Sensorium Theatre


The Jub Jub Tree is a multi-sensory theatre performance and residency designed specifically for children with special needs.

Through workshops and hands-on interactive storytelling, young audiences are able to touch, taste, smell, hear and see stories unfold around them.

Performers Francis Italiano, Michelle Hovane, Rachael Riggs , Amity Culver and Jamie David.

Touring History
8 – 18 September 2014 
Saint Brigid’s Primary, Middle Swan WA
27 August – 5 September 2014
Christchurch Grammar, Claremont WA
18 – 22 August 2014
College Row Schoiol, Bunbury WA
11 – 16 August 2014 South Bunbury ESC, Bunbury WA
4 – 9 August 2014 Geographe ESC, Busselton WA
24 – 5 July 2013 Coolbellup Learning Centre, Coolbellup WA
10 – 21 June 2013 Castlereagh School, Willetton WA
27 – 7 June 2013 Gwynne Park ESC, Armadale WA
13 – 24 May 2013 Gladys Newton School, Balga WA
3 – 12 September 2012 Maddington Education Support Centre, Maddington WA
18 June – 5 July 2012 Kalamunda Eduction Support Centre, Kalamunda WA
25 May – 13 June 2012 Kenwick School, Kenwick WA
24 April – 23 May 2012 Sir David Brand School, Coolbinia WA
3 April – 9 May 2012 Malibu School, Safety Bay WA
2010 Carson Street School, East Victoria Park WA


Francis Italiano Core Artist
Francis is a Hybrid Artist with Writing, Design, Performing and Visual Arts skills that have lead him to design/devise for Theatre, Large-Scale Spectacle Events and Short Films, and have numerous scripts for plays and short films produced.  In particular, he has developed his practice as a Community Cultural Development artist, working with marginalized groups to produce theatre, films, performance events, publications and exhibitions. He has also been a core artist of WA’s spectacle & CCD multi-arts collective, SWERVE. He has worked extensively for DADAA-WA, leading multiple projects in writing, visual arts, and theatre for people experiencing disabilities. Most recently he performed with Spanish company Teatro de los Sentidos in the 2012 Perth International Festival Show Oraculos.

Michelle Hovane Core Artist
Michelle is a performer, project initiator, deviser and facilitator with an extensive history of working with indigenous communities and communities experiencing physical and intellectual disabilities. She is fascinated by making work that is community and site-specific ranging from intimate political cabaret to large-scale outdoor spectacles. She has been a driving force of the SWERVE multi-arts collective since its inception in 1999.  She is passionate about multi-sensory and immersive theatre and excited about being a core artist of Sensorium.

Rachel Riggs Associate Artist
Rachel is an internationally experienced visual theatre artist who creates work for all ages using traditional and contemporary puppetry techniques. She was the special needs outreach education artist for the Little Angel Theatre, London, and has also has worked with Oily Cart & Horse & Bamboo specialist sensory theatre companies in the UK. Rachel is also a specialized Early Years Arts creative consultant with her ‘Imaginary Leaps’ family engagement project successfully programmed at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the State Library of WA. Most recently her early years show Atishoo had its Australian premiere in the Perth International Arts Festival in 2012.

Sensorium Theatre
Sensorium Theatre is dedicated to making magical, multi-sensory theatre for PMLD/ASD young audiences. We create performances which delight and inspire by creating high quality hands-on theatre that is made accessible to these children by inviting them to touch, taste, smell, hear, feel and see stories unfold around them within a specially designed immersive sensory environment. The intentionally small audiences are onstage with the performers who continually adapt their performance, seeking to connect with the individual learning abilities and communication style of each child so that each child becomes an active participant in the storytelling experience.


4 June 2013 Comment News Gosnells 
“Walking into an Armadale classroom has never felt so good… 
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I have worked in this school bringing arts to the students for 20 years  now and nothing has been anywhere near as good as this in bringing multi-sensory musical stimulation to our children – they obviously connected with the songs, the crafts and the performance. Thank you so much – you and your performers weave a special magic. Art Specialist Teacher, Sir David Brand School

It is the very best incursion we have had. A well balanced integrated learning experience that provides the students with the opportunity to experience and/or express their own individual creativity while (I think) tapping into their spirituality. Equally great for staff.  Teacher, Kenwick School

A lot of hard work has been put in to make this an exceptional experience for these children. Their responses and involvement must make you all realise how valuable your efforts are for them. Thankyou. Parent, Kenwick School

Fantastically set up. Loved it all, music, sounds, puppets. It was brilliant. Parent , Kenwick school

As an outside viewer it was amazing to view this performance and see how it engaged the students of all abilities. The preparatory workshops definitely made a lasting impression. Very inspiring! Thank you! Theatre practitioner

The children responded to the performance with intense interest and delight. My son was so excited with all the prep done in the workshops – he would come home every day with stories of how the animals were made and what the animals were doing and how naughty the donkey is. Parent, Sir David Brand School

Bringing all of the workshops together in this grand finale was brilliant. Many of our students struggle to stay still and be engaged for longer periods and did so for 45 minutes. Thank you so much for the positive impact you have had on our kids over the last week. Teacher, Sir David Brand School

It was an overall excellent experience for both myself and the children. Will be shouting loud from the rooftops about the Jub Jub Tree! Well done Education Assistant, Sir  David Brand School


If you would like Sensorium Theatre to visit your school, please contact Rachael Whitworth to see a range of residency and performance packages.

Producer contact:

Rachael Whitworth
+61 8 9200 6232


Oddysea by Sensorium Theatre. Image by Jessica Wyld Photography.

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Posted: April 7th, 2016