Shabang!

Gordon Flash in one of our multi-sensory shows.

Designing our works of art at a Shabang Family Club

Making friends at Little Tiddlers.

Outdoor play on our balcony at THe Watershed

Models from our 2015 calendar

Guest appearances from Rock n Roll superstars

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We are Kim Reuter and Russ Elias, theatre practitioners with over 20 years experience of creating music, song, drama and theatre for special educational settings.

We are musicians, performers, designers, makers, Makaton signers and are both qualified teachers. We combine these skills to create a blend of our own peculiar educational tomfoolery breaking through the fourth wall and invite our audience to participate in a special and unique shared experience.

We are a long standing partnership – a double act – a pair of eccentrics, committed to creating accessible arts to children, young people and adults with additional learning needs. We are all equally different – so live, love, laugh and learn…

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History

Kim and Russ met when they were both working for a Leeds Theatre company – Interplay. Previous to that Russ had been a musician in pop and rock bands and a rep and TIE actor and Kim had been a teacher and performer in community theatre companies.

After a few years at Interplay we left to set up Shabang Theatre Adventures and with no state funding tried our hand at producing shows and touring them around the country ‘s special schools. We soon developed our own style, and in the days before National Curriculum, would take the whole school on an eccentric theatrical adventure lasting three or four days at a time.

We came together with our Watershed partners in 2000 to realise the purchase and renovation of an old forgotten weaving shed in our home village of Slaithwaite and after a couple of successful applications to the National Lottery’s Family Learning and Reaching Communities Funds we now work with families as well as schools and child development centres. We also produce a range of educational products including songbooks, teacher’s packs, CD’s & DVD’s and online digital resources. In 2014 we won the National Diversity Award in the category Community Organisation for Disability, and in 2015 the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award in the Education category.

Along the way we have managed to produce a son, Ruben who happens to have Down Syndrome.

Things We Get Asked

Here are some questions that we often get asked. If you would like to ask us something else feel free to get in touch with us here.

Contact Us
How much do Shabang events cost?

Many of our events are funded by The National Lottery or by Children in Need, so we do not charge for these but sometimes ask for a small donation towards refreshments etc.

Is the Watershed accessible for visitors in wheelchairs?

Yes we have accessible toilets with changing tables, a mobile hoist, a kerb ramp and a lift.

Can I leave my child or do I need to stay?

Most of our events are family focussed, therefore you would stay with your child.

Can I bring my other children to Shabang events?

Our weekend Family clubs are for the whole family. Little Tiddlers can generally accommodate other siblings, but talk to Kim or Russ first. The Up club is just for children and young people with Down syndrome but you can have use of another room for you or any other siblings.

How do I volunteer for Shabang?

We are asked a lot about volunteer placements and try to accommodate as many as we can. Give us a ring on 01484 840723 and we will see what we can do for you.

Are Parents & Carers welcome at sessions?

Most of our sessions are family focused, and we ask that each child is accompanied by a parent. Of course, if you would like both parents to come along and enjoy the experience, that is perfectly fine too.

How do we book Shabang to do a show at our school?

Give us a ring on 01484 848073 and have a chat with us.