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The Elves and the Shoemaker – Relaxed Performance

Children's & Family
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Duration: 50 minutes

Join the little elves as they go on a magical adventure to help recover the poor Shoemaker’s fortune. Will they be the Christmas miracle the Shoemaker so desperately needs? Join us at The Courtyard and see the story of The Elves and The Shoemaker unfold, live on stage!

Bursting with interactive puppetry, original songs and lots of family fun, this enchanting children’s show, that teaches the joy of giving, is sure to get you into the festive mood!

A Relaxed Performance is specifically designed for those who would appreciate a less formal theatre environment. Audience members are welcome to leave their seats, make noise and move around as they wish and small changes to the light and sound effects will be made to reduce any anxiety – imagine the opposite of the quiet carriage on a train. A quiet, sensory room will also be provided for audience members to use if they need a break from the performance.

The aim is to retain all the magic of the theatre experience but in a more relaxed environment.

Who is it for?

The relaxed performance is open to everyone but may benefit individuals with autism spectrum conditions, learning difficulties or sensory and communication difficulties. Visual aids for getting around the venue can be provided and a social story is also available to help familiarise audience members with the venue and performance before the show.

How is it different to other performances?

Here are some examples of small changes that will be made and additional facilities provided:
– Lights over the auditorium will remain on low throughout the performance.
– Some of the effects in the show may be toned down, especially if they involve sudden loud noises or flashes of bright light.
– Audience members will be free to move around during the show.
– Additional staff and stewards will be on board to help.
– A chill out room is provided if you wish to take a break from the performance

Before you arrive you can read through our social story tailored for the relaxed performance. This is available to download in the tab above.

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