THE LAB is BitterSuite's experimental and collaborative hub. In the BitterSuite lab we work with sensory experts to create multi-sensory works which teach us about the body and the senses

“BitterSuite are at the forefront”
— — ITV

ILLUMINATIONS - Multi-sensory summer ball

21 July 2018


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Alice Phelps, Shelley James and Bittersuite invite you to join this magical summer ball complete with live music, ballroom dancing and light shows underneath a moonlit sky.
10pm - midnight


Without Touch                                                                

8 June 2018

Kings college London

Delivered in partnership with King's College London 'Without Touch' is a short multi-sensory piece which invites the audience to experience stories and memories of prolonged tactile deprivation. 'Without Touch' is inspired by the notion that when we shake hands, hug, high five or wrap our arms around someone it brings us closer to that person. Touch helps us connect to people and the world around us. We experience touch everyday, whether that's sitting on a seat on the tube, feeling our clothes against our skin, or holding our mug of hot tea.

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20 - 21 May 2018


Sensibility Festival invites you to explore, play and experiment. The programme includes sensory experiences, guided tours, and interactive accessible activities across two venues. The centrepiece of the festival is the Sensory Labyrinth, a large scale interactive arts installation designed to be touched, eaten, smelt, moved and felt.

Sensibility Festival is a unique arts installation that has been co-curated by 60 participants with complex communication needs. Together with local artists they have been exploring dynamic ways to develop accessible and multisensory arts practice. The festival challenges conventions of established art making methods and provides experimental art opportunities that nurture and inspire creative practices.

As part of the work that has been created Interpreters (Deafblind and BSL), captioning and audio description are embedded throughout the festival.

Events will take place at Touchbase Pears, Selly Oak and MAC. Transport between venues will be available.

Sensibility has been co-produced by mac, Sense Arts and co-directed by Graeae Theatre Company and Steph Singer (BitterSuite/Open Senses Festival).

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August 2017 - August 2018



What exactly is it about ‘nature’ that improves our ‘wellbeing’? What do these two terms actually mean to people? In wellbeing literature, the value of nature is often understood in terms of ‘green spaces’ or attractive landscapes. In hospitals, nature is often introduced through pictures of landscapes or artificial plants. Such frameworks implicitly assume that the value of nature for wellbeing is inextricably linked to the ability to see it, and they often treat ‘nature’ as homogeneous. What if we remove the visual, and focus on the smells, tastes or sounds of nature? What if we immerse people in unfamiliar or ‘wild’ natural sensescapes? Does everybody associate the same sensory aspects of nature with wellbeing, or are the relationships more diverse and complex? We will use emerging immersive 360-degree sound and smell technologies to explore some of these questions to positively impact hospital design. 

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20th - 21st May 2017
Royal Academy of Arts


A sensorial journey of choreographed voices, sounds, touch and movements inside a secret space at the RAA. It heightens our awareness to change the way we perceive and embody the world around us. Each audience member is invited to construct their own imagined space through a landscape of poetry inspired by the myths and memories of the Burlington House. The immersive performance enquires into our haptic and phenomenological experience of architecture through the interplay of presence and absence, the sensed and the imagined.
Juri Nishi, artist and choreographer, Stephanie Singer, creative director of BitterSuite, Poetry by Amy Neilson Smith and Zara Jayne Performers:  Susie Browning, Emma Laird Craig, Amy Harris, Zara Jayne, Madeleine Jonsson, Juri Nishi, Amy Neilson Smith