Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Inactive

Relaxed Performance Expansion 2019

In 2019 we plan to expand our Relaxed Performance programme to reach over 5,000 audiences with Autism, Asperger’s and complex disabilities. This will mean more young people and vulnerable adults with additional needs will enjoy the magic of live performance with their carers, families and friends

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (511567)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£21,875

Donations

116

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • So much consideration was given to preparing for your special audience‚Ķthe information on the website also supported the transition into the Theatre and allowed staff, parents and carers to prepare the young people, helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. Thank You

    — Service User

  • I did not expect to see so much effort made to help everybody to feel at ease. All the staff wearing hats, a signer (sign language) on stage, dialogue on side screens, a sensory room available, doors being left open for easy access, and the talk through the special effects - super duper impressed!

    — Parent

  • Our drama group the Rainbow Sunshine Company came to the performance yesterday. We cannot praise the experience enough. The thought that went into making the show as accessible as possible for everyone was a -maz -ing.

    — Community Group

  • Our drama group the Rainbow Sunshine Company came to the performance yesterday. We cannot praise the experience enough. The thought that went into making the show as accessible as possible for everyone was a -maz -ing.

    — Community Group

  • I did not expect to see so much effort made to help everybody to feel at ease. All the staff wearing hats, a signer (sign language) on stage, dialogue on side screens, a sensory room available, doors being left open for easy access, and the talk through the special effects - super duper impressed!

    — Parent

  • So much consideration was given to preparing for your special audience…the information on the website also supported the transition into the Theatre and allowed staff, parents and carers to prepare the young people, helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. Thank You

    — Service User

Situation

We know that our audiences with Autism, Asperger’s and complex disabilities LOVE coming to our theatre. But we also know that a ‘normal’ theatre experience presents many barriers to their enjoyment - a strange, large building with busy foyers, a dark auditorium and loud sound amplification can 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

Our Relaxed Performance programme seeks to meet all of these needs – and more – to create a relaxed and enjoyable environment for all. We create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere within the theatre, offering magical moments for every person that comes through our doors. We make alterations to both the content of the performance and the experience for the audience during a Relaxed Performance, as well as provide specialist training for our staff and volunteers.