Theatre South East supports Relaxed Performances.
Relaxed performances are specially adapted performances for adults and children who have autism, learning difficulties or sensory communication disorders and are thankfully becoming more regular in local and West End Theatres.
Although adjustments vary from theatre to theatre and on the production, they may include:
A more welcoming foyer with quiet or activity areas.
The show may go ahead with the house lights in the auditorium dimmed or on.
There may be no loud or sudden noises in the production.
There may be no strobe or special lighting effects.
Any music will be played quieter.
There will be a more informal atmosphere in the auditorium, where audiences may be free to move around and noises from the audiences will be tolerated.
Theatre staff often have special training to help at these performances.
Check with the theatre first and they will tell you what to expect.
Relaxed Performances in London and the South East.
Thursday 26th may – 11.30am
The Donmar Warehouses’ first ever relaxed performance for the UK première of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s MARYS SEACOLE.
Mary Seacole was the pioneering Jamaican nurse who bravely voyaged to heal soldiers in the Crimean War. She was a traveller, a hotelier and a businesswoman. She was the most impressive woman you’ve ever met.
This performance is suitable for anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment; the performance itself is unchanged but loud noises, sound effects and lighting will be turned down or removed. Audience members should feel comfortable making noise and moving around as and when they need to, using designated front of house space to take a break. Babes in arms are welcome. There are £10 and £20 seats available across the auditorium so that audience members can sit where they feel most comfortable.
Matilda the Musical
Sunday 19th June
Tickets for the relaxed performance are at the reduced rate of £15.00, £25.00, £35.00 and £45.00, bookable online at http://uk.matildathemusical.com/tickets/accessibility/ or via telephone (020 3925 2998) with LW Theatres where trained staff are available to speak to bookers to ensure their specific needs are considered when allocating seats. All bookers will be sent a visual story to help familiarise themselves with the plot, characters and setting before arrival. Detailed event and transport information is available from http://uk.matildathemusical.com/tickets/accessibility/.