Making Waves

Making Waves is an immersive multi-sensory dance theatre performance designed specifically for disabled children & young people aged 8 to 13 years with mild to complex needs. This magical sea voyage sets sail in search of hidden treasure and along the way encounters rolling waves, sparkling fish and swooping gulls. Designed to be inclusive, audience members are seated in pods representing boats on stage, enabling everyone to become part of the adventure. The specially designed boats are suitable for wheelchair users.

A magical sea voyage in which the audience and performers set sail in search of hidden treasure. Join the adventure and be transported by the ebb and flow of the ocean through gentle soothing currents and on into the dynamic rhythmic beat of crashing waves.

Meet the school of fluorescent fish and see the swooping gulls. Let the wind fill your sails and carry you along accompanied by a sensitively evocative sound score written by composer Stefan French.

The audience is greeted by the performers in the theatre foyer, invited into the performance space and guided to their seats in the boats. These pods are suitable for wheelchair users.


Tickets include: an in-school workshop, teachers resource pack and ticket to the theatre show.

Schools Workshops take place in schools in the days prior to the live show in venues. Both activities happen in the same week.

Workshop length: 1 hour

Please note that this show is for schools.

Making Waves 2024 Tour credits:
Director - Jess Rowell
Producer - Caoimhe Whelan
Performers - Jess Rowell, Sarah Ryan & Anderson de Souza
Set design: Eugenia Genunchi and Aidan Fox based on original design by Orla Kelly
Lighting design - Sebastian Pizarro
Composer - Stefan French
Photography - Hayley Stuart

The Making Waves 2024 tour is kindly supported by The Arts Council.

This production was originally created in 2021 as part of Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency in Draíocht, Blanchardstown, with additional funding and support provided by Meitheal: A Branar Initiative 2022-2023, Fingal County Council.