Storyhouse presents a one-day festival by, for and with adults living with a disability. Kaleidoscope will be  filled with performances and films to watch, stuff to learn and workshops to take part in!

All events (except cinema) are FREE thanks to the incredibly kind support of many organisations and individuals doing great work in Chester and Cheshire. There’s no need to book, just turn up. (Limited capacity for some events).


Check out what’s on:


In the Den & Storytelling Room

Paws And Read
11am – for 30 mins – The Den
One for dog lovers! Take part in this 30-minute session facilitated by volunteers from Therapy Dogs Nationwide; both readers and non-readers are welcome. The calming effect and non-judgmental approach of a dog can have a general calming effect and help improve the reading ability of participants. Therapy Dogs Nationwide is a new charity which helps thousands of people across the country each week by providing Therapy Dog Visits. It has been shown that these visits can be extremely beneficial and have a positive impact upon quality of life.

Arts and Crafts
11am-3pm – The Den
Drop in With LIVE! A variety of Arts and Craft activities. Come along and let your inner Picasso take over.

Storytelling
11.35am & 1pm – 30 mins per session  – Storytelling Room
Steph Green is an experienced theatre director and drama facilitator whose work includes projects with Leonard Cheshire Disability. Storytelling is for grownups too! Let Steph’s high energy guide you through the wonderful world of your own imagination as you create a brand-new story together. Steph will use your suggestions for heroes, places, accents, villains, animals to tell a new tale which could go anywhere our imaginations are big enough to go. Expect fun and a lot of laughter.

Sensory Circuit
1.35pm – 40 mins – Storytelling Room
A workshop for adults and children (accompanied) on the autistic spectrum, who have sensory processing difficulties. At this workshop you will be guided through a selection of sensory circuit exercises by volunteers from the National Autistic Society.

Sensory Room
2.30pm-4pm – Storytelling Room
A pop-up sensory room for adults, a space to be calm.

In the Garret Theatre (4th floor)

Good Morning Storyhouse!
10am-10.30am – Garret Theatre
Gentle exercise led by the team at Northgate Arena.

Flamenco Workshop
11am – for 20 mins – Garret Theatre
Have a go at flamenco dancing with Deva Flamenco . This exciting Spanish dance involves lots of clapping and foot stamping, as well as some great dance moves.

“See Us”
11.30am – 30 mins – Garret Theatre
A performance by Scope Skills Development Centre (Blacon) “See Us” consists of some upbeat dances, catchy songs, touching stories and a humorous sketch, together showing a glimpse of who our performers are as individuals. The group aim to show the audience that they are people first and ‘disabled’ second. They challenge the view that learning disabilities create a barrier against integration with others.

African Drumming Workshop
12.15pm – for 15 mins – Garret Theatre
A taster session by LIVE! that normally takes place at New Scene Youth Centre – have a go at playing a variety of rhythms using djembes and percussion instruments.

Dance on Film
12.30pm-1pm – Garret Theatre
Sit back and relax with your lunch whilst watching a series of art films created by Canal Street Movers, Chrysalis Group plus more.

Yoga Workshop
1pm – for 20 mins – Garret Theatre
Led by Claudia Maranhao who specialises in teaching yoga to adults with disabilities.

Music Therapy
1.30pm  – for 30 mins – Garret Theatre
Join in and make some music, no experience required!

Inclusive Dance workshop
2.15pm – for 45 mins – Garret Theatre
Led by More Reasons to Dance Network (Cheshire Dance). Don’t let your disability be a barrier in taking part in dance. No experience required.

Sensory Dance Workshop
3.30pm – 30 mins- Garret Theatre
Captivating the senses using smells, textures, sounds, touch and movement to bring dance to life making it meaningful and accessible led by Ruby Hannah-Tapp.

In the Garret Bar

Chatty Café
9.30am-3pm – Garret Bar
Drop-in Chat, chill or enjoy the free wifi whilst enjoying food and drinks in the beautiful top floor bar.

The Bren Project & Bren Bikes
10-3pm – Garret Bar
Come along to meet the team behind The Bren Project and Bren Bikes who are based at the New Scene Centre.

Post-it note Gallery
10am-3pm – Garret Bar
Be part of making a giant work of art at the festival, all using post-it notes and some creativity! Come and join in

Makaton and Numeco taster Workshop
11am / 12noon / 2pm – 30 mins per session – Garret Bar
With Cheshire Downs Syndrome Support. Have a go at something you may not have tried before or teach someone else what you know!

Creative Arts
10am-12noon- Garret Bar
A relaxed, fun approach to expressing yourself!

Behind the mask
12noon-2pm – Garret Bar
A creative writing and art activity – led by Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Cinema (tickets to be purchased)

Cinema Screening: Victoria & Abdul (PG)
1.15pm in the Storyhouse Cinema
Caption Subtitles for hearing-impaired or deaf people.
Over 60s can get tickets for £6 at this screening. Book online here, in person at Storyhouse, or over the phone at 01244409113.

Upcoming events

Tuesday 26 September 8am

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