Relaxed family fun at Town Hall




On Friday 10 January, Town Hall Birmingham will be presenting its very first Relaxed Performance. Though open to all, the new production of Julia Donaldson’s award-winning book What the Ladybird Heard has been specially-adapted for people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, a learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.

The performance features changes to lighting and sound levels, a chill-out area and a relaxed attitude to noise and movement within the audience, with doors left open for families to come and go. In addition, there is a free familiarisation tour and a filmed visitors’ guide to Town Hall to help audiences find their way around. Visual guides will also be available online shortly with practical advice about the venue as well as information about the production and cast to help parents prepare children for the show.

The brand new production of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ award-winning picture book What the Ladybird Heard features two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird and whole farmyard of fun. It contains live music, plenty of audience participation and one or two special surprises! From the producers of Gruffalo, this production is ideal for children aged 2 and above.

Relaxed performances are set to become a regular feature of Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s planning with The Gruffalo (August 2014) and The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Christmas 2014) coming soon.

For booking details visit or contact the box office on 0121 780 3333



Further information on the relaxed performance is available here, the visitors’ guide can be viewed from the ‘video gallery’ on this page and the visual guides to the hall and the production will be uploaded to this page shortly.

In a blog post, Chris Proctor, Programme Co-ordinator for Town Hall & Symphony Hall, explains the steps undertaken to put on Town Hall’s first Relaxed Performance

We are extremely grateful to the following Trusts & Foundations for very kindly supporting this relaxed performance: The Edward & Dorothy Cadbury Trust, Eveson Charitable Trust, The Loppylugs and Barbara Morrison Charitable Trust, and The Saintbury Trust.

Friday 10 January 2014, 2pm, Town Hall Birmingham
£11.50 plus transaction fee*


Sunday 24 August
The Gruffalo – relaxed performance [on sale shortly]
£12 plus transaction fee* (reductions for groups available)

Sunday 11 January 2015
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – relaxed performance
£12 plus transaction fee* (reductions for groups available)

10% early bird discount until 31 January 2014

Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office
0121 780 3333

*A £2.50 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office. A further charge of £1 will be applied for postage if required.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Funded by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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3 January 2014