Peut-Être Theatre, a dance theatre company for early years children, undertook a three-week creative research residency at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to develop its new show Tidy Up in collaboration with GOSH families and staff.

The team used the Lagoon as a rehearsal and workshop space and each day of its residency invited people into the space or visited other areas of the hospital including Safari Outpatients, Rhino, the Activity Centre and the Reception to participate in exciting movement workshops with children and families. The movements, conversations and experiences whch came out of these sessions then directly fed into Tidy Up’s choreography.

The team also had a series of meetings with staff from the Psychological Services Department, who explained the logic children apply to order, patterns and schedules and helped to further inform the content of the show.

At the end of each week’s rehearsal, families and staff were invited to review the material developed in a family-led critique allowing them to directly shape a professional piece of performance which other families can now enjoy!

Tidy Up was premiered at GOSH during Family Arts Week and is now touring nationally so if you missed it at GOSH you can still catch it at your local theatre!

Access the Peut-Être Theatre website.