Staff Post - THSH's First Relaxed Performance

Winter family showWhat the Ladybird Heardis now at Town Hall until Friday 10 January. This farmyard adventure, based on the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, promises to be fun for all the family! As part of this run, we are staging our very firstRelaxed Performance– a specially adapted version of the show designed for those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder – on January 10, so that even more people can have the opportunity to enjoy our family offering.

In this guest blog post, Programme Co-ordinator Chris Proctor talks about the work that has been taking place to ensure that this performance will be as welcoming as possible…

The relaxed performance came about after identifying the fact there was little provision of shows for families with children on the Autistic Spectrum within our current programme, along with the desire to extend our offering to make sure that we can connect with as many people as possible. By working with the promoters of our children’s shows, we have embarked on our first ever relaxed performance, which is a very exciting adventure indeed. There will be subtle changes to the show so that the performance can be enjoyed by everyone, and the cast and crew have been very supportive and encouraging throughout the whole process.

We have established new relationships with local, national and regional charities, who have been very kind in helping us to spread the word to their networks, and we look forward to working with them on more relaxed performances in the future.

As part of our planning for the relaxed performance, we have produced a visitor’s film to Town Hall so that customers can see and experience the hall before they visit, we will be producing a visual story guide which will have information about the show, the cast, the venue and other useful information that customers may need when planning such a visit. There will be two guides, one for the parents with useful information about planning a journey to Town Hall, and one for the children which will help to give them a flavour of what to expect on their visit. Our operational staff will also be undertaking specialist training so that the experience our customers have will be memorable.

Internally, we have been working across all departments, pooling expertise into one big melting pot of ideas to create the additional materials that will complement the show.

It is a very exciting prospect for us to be undertaking, and everyone is welcome!

Watch our video guide to Town Hall, produced by 144, now. Written guides to Town Hall, and this performance, will be available from the event page shortly

The Relaxed Performance of What the Ladybird Heard takes place at 2pm on Friday 10 January 2014. More information on the performance can be found here, and tickets can be booked over the phone on 0121 345 0493 or in person at either Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Offices.

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
The Saintbury Trust

Relaxed performances are also planned as part of upcoming family shows The Gruffaol (Sunday 24 August 2014) and The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Sunday 11 January 2015).