Does being in a theatre environment make you or anyone you know feel nervous?
Do flashing lighting effects, smoke on stage or loud sound effects put you off coming to a performance?
Do you know anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment?
A Relaxed Performance is specifically designed and adapted for people who find regular performance settings difficult.
If you or someone you know are on the Autism Spectrum, has additional or complex needs and/or find sitting in a busy, socially restrained environment difficult and distressing, then a relaxed performance may be of benefit to you.
A Relaxed Performance takes away some of the stresses of the theatre experience by keeping the house lights on and operating an open doors policy, allowing free access in and out of the auditorium during the performance. Additionally, sound levels are monitored and kept at a lower level and all special effects, like smoke and pyrotechnics are removed entirely.
A Quiet Room and a Chill Out Zone are set up within the theatre should anyone need some time away from the theatre environment. The performance is streamed onto a screen in the Chill Out Zone so those who find the experience in the auditorium too uncomfortable don’t have to miss out on the show. The Quiet Room does not have any visual or audio streams but is open to anyone who needs to take a few minutes out.
Information packs are also sent out prior to the performance with additional details about the show. This may help you or your group familiarise yourself with our theatre and the things you may encounter during your visit.
We stage at least one Relaxed Performance of our annual pantomime. Details of this and other Relaxed Performances can be found in the Accessible Performances section of this website.
If you are interested in coming to a Relaxed Performance or you have any questions about this service, please contact the box office on 01902 42 92 12 and ask to speak with Remy Lloyd (Outreach Manager – Access & Inclusion) or Anthony Wingrove (Head of Customer Services).
Alternatively, if you have any more questions or queries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.