Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to have been selected to join this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge with a focus on raising money towards the theatre’s first ever ‘relaxed performance’.
The relaxed performance of the UK’s biggest pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs takes place on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 1pm starring John Partridge, Gok Wan, Stephanie Beacham and Gary Wilmot.
It is specially designed to ensure that children on the autism spectrum, plus those with learning difficulties or sensory and communication disorders have the opportunity to enjoy a live theatre experience. The relaxed performance is designed to make children – many of whom will be first-time theatre goers – feel comfortable and to reduce any anxiety. Some of the loud and bright elements of the pantomime will be reduced, strobe lighting and pyrotechnics will be removed, and staff and cast will accommodate movement and noise within the auditorium.
Liz Leck, Creative Learning Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome said:
“For the last six years, we’ve worked with hundreds of young people with learning difficulties in schools across the city. This relaxed performance is a natural progression, enhancing their experience of live theatre and making a real difference in their lives.”
Eve Smith, Development Manager (Individual Giving) added:
“As an unsubsidised registered charity, the Hippodrome needs to raise funds towards this relaxed performance of Pantomime through this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge. We have an online target of £6,000 which will help provide discounted tickets, adapt break-out areas, and deliver tailored training to help our staff look after the specific needs of this audience. The Hippodrome team will be working closely with Autism West Midlands and specialists Open Theatre Company.
“Donations made online from 10am on Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December could be doubled, so we are encouraging everyone to save the date and help us provide a unique theatre experience for disadvantaged children.”
Anyone wanting to support the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs relaxed rerformance at Birmingham Hippodrome can make a donation on the Big Give website www.thebiggive.org.uk from 10am on Thursday 5, Friday 6 or Saturday 7 December, or by visiting www.birminghamhippodrome.com/biggive
Further information about how individuals, businesses or local communities can add their support can be obtained from Eve Smith, Birmingham Hippodrome on 0121 689 3067.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the UK’s biggest pantomime and opens on Thursday 19 December 2013 until Sunday 2 February 2014. www.birminghamhippodrome.com