Autism & Theatre

Book now for Relaxed Performance Project Conference; Autism; Audiences & Theatre

Monday 2 September 2013, Lyceum Theatre

What is a relaxed performance?

A relaxed performance is about welcoming children with special needs (including Autistic Spectrum Conditions and/or learning disabilities) and, crucially, their families to the theatre to a performance where those needs are accounted for with a more relaxed atmosphere and some changes to the production itself if necessary eg: lowering of lights or sound at certain points of the show.

What is the event?

In 2012 – 2013 ten theatres across the UK and in the West End participated in the Relaxed Performance Project. Following on from this, and the success of the Autism and Theatre Inspiration Day in 2011, this one day conference will present the definitive "how to put on a relaxed performance".

  • Find out about the project’s successes and challenges
  • Discover a guide for best customer practice
  • Learn about the costs involved
  • Explore how you would apply best models to your theatre or show
  • Discuss how to change audiences’ attitudes to relaxed performances

Every attendee will take home specially developed "how to" guides with a full evaluation of the project for fuller reading so that you can digest and programme your own relaxed performance.

Who is it suitable for?

Chief Executives, General Managers and Producers, those working in Access, Education, Box Office, Front of House, Production/Technical or anyone with an interest in inclusivity.

How to book?

Book online or call 0207 557 6700

£35+VAT per person. Limited places available.

Supported by Grant for the Arts; Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation; Children & the Arts; ATG; SOLT & UK Theatre


Autism and Theatre: An Industry Inspiration day 2011

The event was a partnership between the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG), the Unicorn Theatre , National Autistic Society (NAS) , Action for Children’s Arts (ACA) , UK Theatre Association and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) . Further partners involved in supporting the day included Ambitious About Autism and the Institute of Entertainment and Arts Management (IEAM).

The event was held on 10 October 2011 at the Unicorn Theatre, London for theatre staff and autism experts. It aimed to achieve long-lasting cultural change and build on the exceptional access work that already exists within the UK theatre industry. It also served as a launch pad for similar regional venue awareness days and established future on-going engagement between local theatres and families affected by autism.

Please see below a report on the day.

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