Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Inactive

Relaxed Performances 2017

At Birmingham Hippodrome we have a strong reputation for our work with disabled audiences. Driven by demand, in 2017 we will offer four Relaxed Performances of shows from our artistic programme. This will enable 5,000 audiences with access needs to experience live theatre, many for the first time.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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  • Many thanks for a brilliant day at your Relaxed Performance. The organisation of the event was outstanding as was the attentiveness of all the foyer staff. A great experience for the children and one we will look forward to next winter! All aspects of the trip surpassed my expectations.

    — Vice Principal

  • Thank you so much for making my experience a fantastic one today at the relaxed performance of Aladdin I loved it!!!! Thanks to your staff for being so accommodating and understanding when I was upset and helping my carer. Hope you do many more relaxed performances thanks again!!

    — Relaxed Performance Audience Member (2015)

  • ‚ÄúThe relaxed performance was outstanding and it was such a relief to go to a show knowing that all our son‚Äôs needs and the needs of others were all catered for!‚Äù

    — Parent

  • Thank you so much for making my experience a fantastic one today at the relaxed performance of Aladdin I loved it!!!! Thanks to your staff for being so accommodating and understanding when I was upset and helping my carer. Hope you do many more relaxed performances thanks again!!

    — Relaxed Performance Audience Member (2015)

  • Many thanks for a brilliant day at your Relaxed Performance. The organisation of the event was outstanding as was the attentiveness of all the foyer staff. A great experience for the children and one we will look forward to next winter! All aspects of the trip surpassed my expectations.

    — Vice Principal

  • “The relaxed performance was outstanding and it was such a relief to go to a show knowing that all our son’s needs and the needs of others were all catered for!”

    — Parent

Situation

From listening and working closely with them for many years, we know that people with special access needs and 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 want everyone to feel welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome. Since 2014 we have successfully delivered an annual relaxed performance of our pantomime. In 2017 we want to expand our offer to present four Relaxed Performances. We will reduce the capacity of the theatre to create a supportive environment for people of all ages with access needs & disabilities. We will adapt the show, provide advance materials to allay fears and provide additional staff with specialist training & break out spaces