Making theatre more accessible
Saturday 22nd October 2016, 3:30pm
Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will 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.
Box of Tricks and New Diorama will offer audience members an experience tailored to their requirements:
▪Visual Story Guide: A Visual Story Guide will be developed and distributed in the lead up to the relaxed performance. The resource pack will offer a detailed storyboard of the play, using production photography, to reduce anxiety around surprises and ensure visitors are prepared for the experience.
▪Relaxed Performance: There will be a relaxed attitude to noise and movement from the audience during the relaxed performance and some changes will be made to the lighting and sound effects of the production to provide the most comfortable environment.
▪Theatre: The Front of House area will be adapted to offer a relaxed pre-show environment.
StageText Captioned Performance
Wednesday 19th October 2016, 7:30pm
“Our last season (2015/16) achieved record access audiences, with over 90% attendance across all captioned shows.”
~ Sophie Wallis, Executive Producer, New Diorama Theatre
StageText is a registered charity which provides captioning and live subtitling services to theatres and other arts venues to make their activities accessible to people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
Theatre captions are similar to television subtitles and give people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing access to live performance. The actors’ words appear on an LED caption unit (or units), placed next to the stage or in the set, at the same time as they are spoken or sung.
Parent and Baby Performance
Friday 30th September 2016, 11am
£12.50 (tickets include coffee and a cake)
We’re offering a special Parent & Baby relaxed performance where parents can bring babies (under 1 year old) to the performance. Babies go free!
This is a special performance to facilitate theatregoing for parents of small children. You will be allowed to exit and enter the auditorium as needed and the actors will be aware that there may be additional noise. New Diorama Theatre is fully accessible and has baby changing facilities.
The performance runs at around 70 minutes without an interval.
Supported by Parents in the Performing Arts.