With a little help from us at Swiss Cottage and our friends at National Autistic Society The Roundhouse have developed special ‘relaxed’ performances of their Christmas special The Tin Soldier. The Roundhouse have even been working on a visual guide for visiting the Studio Theatre.
Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people who benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects. An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, ‘the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train’.
Many aspects of a standard theatre experience can cause difficulties for many of our learners. Busy foyers, unexpected music, lights going up and down and applause can all be unsettling. Even the interval can be confusing because it seems strange to leave the auditorium in the middle of an event!
Learners from Purple, Blue, Willow, Elm and Oak classes were the first to experience this fantastic relaxed performance. The show was simple and easy to understand and a very sensory experience. Performers interacted with the audience and came to say hello to the children at the end of the performance.
The next relaxed performance of The Tin Soldier is on Monday 22nd December. It’s currently sold out but if you know someone who might benefit from this environment then get in touch with the Roundhouse and they will do their best to accommodate you.
Image © Ludo Des CognetsTags: Camden, Relaxed performance, Roundhouse