On Thursday 30th January, the Birmingham Hippodrome will present a special relaxed performance of its Christmas pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, specially adapted to meet the needs of those with Autistic Spectrum conditions, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders.
More welcoming and less formal than a typical performance, the relaxed show aims to bring the fun of the panto and the magic of live theatre to those who might otherwise be excluded. In addition to a reduction in loud and bright elements, and the removal of strobe lighting and pyrotechnics, the show will also feature makaton signing and an audio description. At the start of the performance, visitors will be offered a visual version of the story, and viewers will be free to come and go as they please during the show.
Said Liz Leck, the Birmingham Hippodrome’s Creative Learning Manager:
“For the last six years Birmingham Hippodrome’s Creative Learning team has worked with hundreds of young people with learning difficulties in 15 schools across the city. This relaxed performance is a natural progression from that work enhancing their experience of live theatre and making a real difference in their lives.”
The relaxed performance will take place at 1pm on Thursday 30th January. Tickets cost £12 per person plus a £1 postage fee. For more information, visit the Birmingham Hippodrome website, or to book, call 0844 338 5000. Calls cost 5p per minute.