Humpty Dumpty - Relaxed Performance
@ Theatre Royal NewcastleBook Now
06 December 2020 - 12 January 2021
A brand-new pantomime packed with yokes comes to Newcastle!
The Theatre Royal is very proud to announce that we are the first UK Theatre to have been honoured with the Autism Access Award by the National Autistic Society.
‘Relaxed Performances’ are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders into theatres to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre. They have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels. It is a specialist provision created to provide an opportunity for people who would otherwise find it difficult to come to see a show – for example people who make involuntary noise, or are likely to need to talk a lot, or move around. During a regular performance this can disturb the other audience members, and the show, but at a relaxed performance it’s fine.
Lighting and special effects will be slightly altered – for example removing strobes and flashing lights and reducing very loud noises, however the content of the show will not be specifically changed.
The auditorium may possibly be quite noisy, with people coming in and out – our ushers are there to support and manage this behaviour, rather than stop it.
“Many disabled children and particularly those with autism are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and generally too much unexpected stimulation. The pantomime can be an experience they long for but they can be disturbed by sudden sounds. By providing a relaxed performance these children and their families have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of pantomime without the anxiety of the unexpected.”
Helen Milner, Chief Executive, Northeast Special Needs Network
“I am absolutely delighted that Newcastle Theatre Royal are taking this step towards making the theatre an experience that can be enjoyed by more and more people including those on the autistic spectrum and those who have communication, learning or sensory needs. Going to a pantomime is an experience that many children and adults look forward to and enjoy during the winter season and this relaxed and supportive session should make it possible for even more to take part.”
Angela Slater, Equalities Coordinator at Time To Change
For more information about the show, please click here.
Tickets from £14.50
Prices subject to change: book early, save more!
Friends of the Theatre Royal: 20% off
Children (16 years and under): £2 off (not applicable on Stalls Superseats, Grand Circle Premium and Gallery)
Please contact Box Office to discuss Babes in Arms tickets. Babes in Arms are not permitted in the Amphitheatre and Gallery.
Schools dicount available – Tue 12 Jan 2021
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