We welcomed audiences to a relaxed performance of The Boy in the Dress last month.

A relaxed performance is where the ambience of the auditorium and theatre 'rules' are relaxed. These performances are ideal for people with learning disabilities or autism, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Loud noises or music might be turned down or specific movements or lines might be adapted slightly. There is more lighting in the auditorium and a 'chill-out' room for audiences to go to if they need quiet time during the show. 

The audience for The Boy in the Dress included pupils from Welcombe Hills special needs school, as well as other schools and families.


Children at the relaxed performance of The Boy in the Dress meet one of the actors before the show
Relaxed Performance audience member

‘The introduction by the actors was very helpful, explaining that there would be loud noises, lights flashing, dog etc. all very reassuring. We were seated in the upper circle. It was very useful having an area the children could gather upstairs before the show started. Staff were helpful, understanding and made the children feel very welcome.’

We regular put on a range of assisted performances for all our shows, including chilled performances, which take a more casual approach to noise and movement in the auditorium, but without changing the performance itself. These are ideal for people who feel more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show, including people with dementia. Everybody is welcome!