Last summer, a British theatrical company Oily Cart enacted a "multi-sensory theater" production called Pool Piece with physically and mentally challenged children.
Where did this play take place? In a therapy pool.
The company transforms a special school hydrotherapy pool into somewhere that feels enchanted. Smoke billows from a golden chest and light falls across the surface of the water, catching the vivid fantasy costumes of the performers.
Song and gamelan instruments create a soundscape and the lapping of warm water against skin is matched by other sensory diversions: simple splashing; waterfalls falling from huge colanders.
Most importantly in these unique performances it is the audience that leads the way; the performers interact intensively with each child on a one-to-one basis, but always take their cue from the child.