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Magic for all with accessible Christmas theatre shows

Published November 22, 2019 10.38am

A Durham City theatre will host a series of accessible performances, including its first ever captioned show, to enable everyone to enjoy its festive events.

Aladdin Gala Theatre 2019

Aladdin runs at Gala until Sunday 5 January

Following the success of previous years' accessible shows, Durham's Gala Theatre has once again programmed a range of inclusive Christmas performances.

New for this year is a captioned performance of its magical family pantomime, on Thursday 2 January at 1.00pm, where subtitles will accompany the action.

Two performances of Aladdin will be accompanied by British Sign Language interpretation for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing, at 1.00pm on Sunday 8 December and 1.00pm Thursday 2 January. On Sunday 15 December at 3.30pm audiences can enjoy a sign language interpreted performance of the theatre's Christmas show for under 5s, One More Sleep.

Relaxed performance

A relaxed performance of Aladdin is also scheduled, creating a less formal environment where people can move around and talk. The lighting, sound and special effects for the show, on Wednesday 27 November at 1.30pm, will be adapted to reduce anxiety and space will be available for audiences to take a break from the show if they need to.

A venue guide is available to download from the theatre's website so that audiences can familiarise themselves with the theatre before they visit, to reduce anxiety.

Making people welcome

Robin Byers, Gala Theatre manager, said: "We want as many people as possible to fully enjoy our Christmas shows so we hope our relaxed, signed and captioned performances make people feel welcome in our theatre. 

"Our relaxed production has been specially designed to welcome audiences who might otherwise feel excluded from experiencing live theatre, including those with autistic spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.

"All our staff have also been trained to create a friendly family setting and assist with any additional needs that people may have and we're really looking forward to sharing our shows."

More information about the accessible performances and tickets are available from the Gala Theatre and Cinema website or by contacting the Gala Theatre Box Office on 03000 266 600.


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