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Relaxed Performances and 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 our third Relaxed Performance of Aladdin in January 2016 and will continue to work with vulnerable audience groups in the future.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 January 2016 to 12:00 PM, 1 December 2016

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Situation

From our long history of working with audiences with special needs, 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

For the 3rd year in a row, we will create a very special performance of our pantomime for people of all ages with multiple needs. Our ultimate goal is to make visiting the theatre a joy for all. We will: • Create a specially tailored version of the pantomime for this audience • Create a special video and information pack aimed at alleviating any fears prior to the visit • Train our staff in how to create a warm and inclusive atmosphere • Provide sensory and break-out rooms

  • “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, Relaxed Performance 2015

  • “I thought it was brilliant. Just brilliant. I've waited 9 years to be able to take my autistic daughter to the theatre and for her to enjoy it!”

    — Parent and Carer

  • “I loved the scary bits. I even kept my glasses on!”

    — Young Audience Member, Relaxed Performance

  • “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, Relaxed Performance 2015

  • “I thought it was brilliant. Just brilliant. I've waited 9 years to be able to take my autistic daughter to the theatre and for her to enjoy it!”

    — Parent and Carer

  • “I loved the scary bits. I even kept my glasses on!”

    — Young Audience Member, Relaxed Performance