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Relaxed Performance

Richmond Theatre Trust supports the hugely popular relaxed performances of Richmond Theatre’s annual pantomime. The performances will be specially adapted for anyone with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Autism affects over 700,000 people in the UK (more than 1 in 100) and if you include their families, 2.7 million lives are challenged by this life long developmental disability. Autism affects how a person communicates with, and relates to other people, and how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition so people with autism can be affected by their condition in a range of different ways and on different levels. Some people may experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, and as with previous relaxed performances it is likely that there will be some small changes to the show, in terms of lighting and sound cues, to make the performance more comfortable for audience members with an Autistic Spectrum Condition. The overall content of the show will not change.

There will also be a more relaxed attitude to noise in the auditorium, in order to reduce anxiety and ensure a safe, enjoyable theatre visit. Bookers will be sent a visual story (detailed information and photos) in advance, will be invited to attend a familiarisation meeting in the theatre, and a designated ‘chill-out’ area will be made available for use during the performance.

The relaxed performance for Richmond Theatre’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty will be on Thursday 5th January 2016 at 1:30pm.
If you think you may be eligible for Richmond Theatre Trust support,
please contact us.