The need

Entelechy is an arts company based in south-east London. The company works with a huge network of local people making theatre, dance and music events with participants of all ages and abilities. Participants include isolated and physically frail older people and young people who have profound and complex disabilities.


Little Boxes was designed to create a bridge between isolated and physically frail older people and young people who have profound and multiple disabilities. The programme enables young people with very different ways of experiencing the world to gain a multi-sensory understanding of the life stories of some of the eldest in their communities.

The idea

Little Boxes of Memories is inspired by the work of Entelechy’s Brazilian sister company Casa das Fases. For more about Entelechy in Brazil click here.


Older performers from Casa das Fases have created miniature theatres from recycled cardboard boxes. The boxes contain objects that support the performer to share fragments of their life stories. These are performed in public squares, school playgrounds and many other community settings. We wanted to design multi-sensory equivalents, initially to tour in schools for children and young people with special educational needs.

‘We were very impressed with the professional approach of Entelechy staff and their great commitment to the success of the project. We have received many very positive comments from parents regarding the high quality of their work.’

Lynne Haines, Head Teacher Greenvale School

The Little Boxes of Memories programme has been made possible by support from the Heritage Lottery Fund