Hanging by a thread

Photo: Hanging by a thread

Let DIY Theatre Company take you on a magical journey into the forest….

DIY’s new multi-sensory performance Hanging by a Thread is DIY’s third show specifically designed for sensory audiences.

We are going to follow the trees
Into the woods, Into the woods
Full of wonder, what will we see?
Into the woods, into the woods


Created by DIY’s skilled company of artists with learning disabilities, the show invites intimate audiences to connect with the natural world.

Interactive theatre, songs, live music, puppets and sensory props combine  to create a magical experience for each audience member.

Pre and post show workshops explore the themes of nature connectedness and environment through the senses.

All the children absolutely loved the whole day!”
Teacher, Springwood Primary School, May 2023

[It] Enriches the preparing for adulthood aspect of the curriculum. Engaging with the wider community.”
Teacher, Firwood High School, May 2023

Because the theme of environment is so central to the show it was very important that most of the costumes and props were re-purposed or made from recycled materials by our designer Nerissa Cargill Thompson. Please visit our news from December 2022.

Puppeteer Beka Haigh worked with us to create some wonderful puppets for the performance and musicians Sarah Atter and Sophie Coward worked with the team to create original live music for the show.

Fly High,
Up in the Sky
Teach us all how to fly


During this project DIY have been working with:

  • Sue Caudle (Artistic Director)
  • Mary O’Neill (DIY Supporter)
  • Hilary Easter-Jones (film-maker)
  • Nerissa Cargill Thompson (costume and set designer)
  • Beka Haigh of Frolicked  (puppetry)
  • Sarah Atter (musician)
  • Sophie Coward (musician)

Thanks to:

  • Springwood Primary School
  • Oakwood Academy
  • Chatsworth Futures Academy
  • Firwood High School
  • Bekka Haigh for some of images of members with puppets.


We are very grateful to Arts Council England who are funding this work.

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‘Hanging by a Thread’ – created and performed by actors with learning disabilities.



  • Springwood Primary School, Salford

    28 March 2023
  • Oakwood Academy, Salford

    25th April 2023
  • Angel Centre, Salford

    27th April 2023
  • Firwood School, Bolton

    16th May 2023
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