Frequently Asked Questions

The young person I want to bring is non-verbal. Can he/she participate?
Yes, the actors modify the games to suit each audience member's needs.

The young person is in a wheelchair. Can he/she participate?
Yes, every child will be able to participate in each game and the building is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

I am a parent/carer/teacher accompanying a young person with autism. Can I watch the play with my child? What is the format of the performance?
There is a circular floorcloth representing the island around which the six actors and a maximum of 15 children sit together. Immediately behind them is an outer circle of 30 chairs for parents, carers, teachers and other audience members. You will be able to sit directly behind the child you are accompanying.

Each scene of the story encompasses one sensory game, initially acted and played by the actors, after which the children will be invited to join the actors in the circle to play. The games are short, fun and easily repeatable; a game may be repeated several times if different children wish to play. When the scene/game is over the play continues.

Each young person can be accompanied by two other people, one of whom must be an adult.

I have other children who are not on the autistic spectrum. Can they join in too?
Yes they are very welcome to come along and sit in the outer circle; they can sit with their sibling during the performance if this helps to keep their brother or sister relaxed.

If a young person does not enjoy the performance, will he/she be able to leave?
Yes absolutely, the young person can leave at any point.

The young person has learning difficulties and enjoys Relaxed Performances, but is not on the autistic spectrum. Is this show suitable for him/her?
No, this is a performance specifically designed for young people with autism and is not suitable for young people who are not on the autistic spectrum.

We offer Relaxed Performances for some of our other productions so please look out for those on our website.

What age range is this performance suitable for?
This performance is suitable for young people of 8-24 years of age.

What time should we arrive?
The performance start time takes into account time to settle down and get used to the space at the beginning, so you don't need to arrive any earlier than you normally would to see a show.

Is there a safe space/break-out area?
Yes, there will be a safe break out area in the foyer of the theatre.

How long does the performance last?
The overall experience will last a maximum of 2 hours. The first 30 minutes is for settling the children in to the theatre, the actors will meet them, play games and talk to the children. The show runs for 75 minutes and in the final 15 minutes the children will be able to say their good byes and leave.

Are there accessible toilets?
Yes, there is an accessible toilet at ground level.

Is parking available?
There is a large choice of fee-charging car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon. Find out more in our Visit Us section

Is there a café or somewhere we can purchase refreshments?
The café bar in the theatre's foyer will be serving light snacks and coffee.
Just across the road from The Other Place at The Courtyard Theatre you will find a variety of places to eat in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Rooftop Restaurant is open daily from 11.30am and on the ground floor is the Riverside Cafe open from 10am.

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

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