Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Inactive

Access for All

Birmingham Hippodrome is committed to Access for All and every year presents the world’s biggest pantomime. We’ll bring together both of these aspects by staging a Relaxed Performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in January and will continue to work with audiences with special needs in the future.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (511567)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£13,500

Donations

19

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    Helping

Location

  • We all enjoyed seeing the pantomime, especially my 7 year old son who has autism and severe learning difficulties

    — A Parent

  • Thank you for thinking so much about being an all-inclusive venue - it really matters, probably more than you will ever realise. Long may it last!

    — Assistant Headteacher

  • Having attended both versions I felt the general feel of the theatre was so different - so good to see the joy and happiness in people‚Äôs faces.

    — A Patron

  • Thank you for thinking so much about being an all-inclusive venue - it really matters, probably more than you will ever realise. Long may it last!

    — Assistant Headteacher

  • We all enjoyed seeing the pantomime, especially my 7 year old son who has autism and severe learning difficulties

    — A Parent

  • Having attended both versions I felt the general feel of the theatre was so different - so good to see the joy and happiness in people’s faces.

    — A Patron

Situation

From listening and working closely with them for many years, we know that people with learning disabilities can find attending and enjoying live performance a challenge. A strange, large building with busy foyers, a dark auditorium and loud sound amplification can all make for a daunting experience. Added to this, the pressure to be still and quiet during a performance can deter people from attending for fear of disturbing surrounding audience members.

Solution

We will create a supportive environment for people with learning disabilities of all ages, presenting a modified show tailored to the needs of this audience. Visitors will be sent information in advance to help them prepare for their visit and there will be break out foyer spaces available in case the auditorium is too overwhelming. Staff will receive specialised training focused on communicating and interacting with the audience.