A relaxed performance of this year’s panto Dick Whittington is on Tuesday 11 December at 5.30pm.
Seeing a pantomime should be an exciting experience, but for children on the autistic spectrum and some people with learning disabilities the shouts, bangs, flashes and strong lighting changes associated with this type of performance can be alarming and intimidating. Additionally, many families with children who express themselves loudly, or get up and move around, find it difficult to attend formal theatre performances where the audience is expected to sit quietly and watch the show.
To make the performance more comfortable we will be adapt the script, sound, lighting and length of the performance and provide a quiet space where children can relax and unwind if they need a few moments away from the action.
“The relaxed performance was a social lifeline for a family with a child with a diagnosis of autism. It enabled us to go to our first theatre as a family with no worries, anxiety or pressure and it gave my son an experience he would otherwise have missed. So thank you. A huge amount of thought had gone into every aspect of the relaxed performance and it was a delight to spend the evening feeling understood”. Becci, Chesterfield
We have a visual story that can be downloaded below to help prepare for your visit. It explains the inside of the theatre and what you can expect on the day.
Plus one accompanying essential companion (per bought ticket) free of charge.
If you would like any further information please get in touch. To book, call: 01298 72190.