20th Sep, 2017

New season of accessible performances at Birmingham Hippodrome

Laura Kearns 16th Jun, 2017

A NEW season of accessible performances is set to start at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Their first ‘relaxed’ performance this season will be of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time and will take place on Monday July 3.

Later in the season there will also be performances of The Jungle Book, The Snow Dragon and Cinderella.

The relaxed performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time is the first the Hippodrome have offered in an early evening slot. It aims to give families and adults with additional needs the opportunity to experience an award-winning production which contains some challenging content.

Relaxed performances are open to anyone, but are intended to cater for people with special needs who may find going to the theatre challenging, in particular people with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorder.

The performance has fewer seats available for sale, provides increased wheelchair capacity and gives audience members more space to make them feel comfortable.

Attendees are also welcome to walk in and out of the auditorium throughout a production.

Certain aspects of staging are also specially adapted for the audience which include minor adjustments to the script, reduced noise levels and the use of raised house lights.

Liz Leck, Creative Learning Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome said: “We have been delivering relaxed performances at Birmingham Hippodrome for the last four years, and through each performance we learn more about how we can ensure the most accessible and welcoming experience for all our audiences.

“We are delighted to be extending these through our whole season and to offer an evening performance which we hope will be welcoming to families as well as adults for whom attending a traditional theatre can often be overwhelming.

“Through opening the run for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with a Relaxed Performance we are hopefully sending a clear message that everyone is welcome at our theatre.”

Call 0844 338 5000 or visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com to book or find out more.

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