Getting Relaxed…Birmingham Hippodrome’s First Relaxed Performance

Last Thursday we hosted our first-ever relaxed performance with a special show of Britain’s biggest Pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The specially tailored production was designed to accommodate patrons with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder with loud bangs, pyrotechnics, smoke and flashing lights removed from the performance.

The auditorium was also altered to accommodate extra wheelchair spaces at the front of the stalls and the house lights remained dimmed but not turned off through the duration.

We were thrilled to welcome over 700 people for this fantastic event which also saw the foyer areas transformed with extra touches such as special signage and break-out rooms including a soft play area and a sensory room featuring some wonderful interactive pieces including two passive bubble tubes kindly provided by Sensory Technology (www.senteq.co.uk).

In order to make staff easily visible to visitors, members of our Front of House team got into the spirit of the day by wearing sparkling glittery hats and handing out sensory toys to visitors during their visit.

It was such a pleasure to welcome such a warm and giving audience and we are grateful for the wonderful feedback we have received from those who joined us.

You can listen to a great interview with one of the stars of the show, Gary Wilmot about the relaxed performance on BBC WM here.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this project a success, including The Big Give and The Candis Club, IMI, Grant Thornton, The Dumbreck Charity, The Thousandth Man – Richard Burns Charitable Trust, The Bishop of Birmingham Trust, George Henry Collins Trust plus many individual donors. Special mention must go to Richard Hayhow and the wonderful students from One of a Kind who worked with theatre staff by providing training and advice and were also present in the theatre foyer on the day of the event. Also to all the amazing volunteers who gave up their time on the day. Thank you!

Events such as the relaxed performance are part of our expanding Creative Programme titled Hippodrome Plus which also saw us welcome over 1,350 people to our Stageside Restaurant this weekend for a day of free family activities celebrating Chinese New Year. To find out more about Hippodrome Plus click here.

Our next Relaxed Performance for pantomime  is Jack and the Beanstalk on 29th January 2015. click here to find out more

Take a look at the image gallery below for a great selection of pictures from our first-ever relaxed performance…

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