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Beauty and the Beast pantomime with dementia friendly performances opens at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 December 2017

Oliver Beamish as Betty Bonbon, Daniella Piper (Amorette),  James Lawrence (Prince Friedrich), Molly-Grace Cutler (Souffle) and the Young Company. Picture: Mark Sepple

Oliver Beamish as Betty Bonbon, Daniella Piper (Amorette), James Lawrence (Prince Friedrich), Molly-Grace Cutler (Souffle) and the Young Company. Picture: Mark Sepple

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An inclusive pantomime promises to provide magic for all of the family with special performances to accommodate people with Dementia or sensory and communication disorders.

Following positive feedback from last year’s Relaxed and Dementia Friendly performances of Cinderella, Queen’s Theatre is offering two specially adapted performances of Beauty and the Beast.

The adapted performances welcome people of all ages who might benefit from a relaxed, quieter and supportive environment including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or Dementia.

A Queen’s Theatre spokesman told the Recorder: “Panto season is one of the most joyous and magical times of the year and no one should feel excluded from enjoying the wonders of Pantomime.

“Beauty and the Beast is packed with sparkling, colourful costumes, tunes that you all know, lots of laughter and tailored audience participation.”

Audience noise is permitted throughout the performance and individuals who may feel overwhelmed are free to leave to a ‘chill out’ area in the foyer and return when they feel ready at any point during the show.

House lights will be kept on throughout the performances, extremely loud noises and flashing lights will be removed or reduced, and additional staff will be on hand to provide extra assistance front of house.

The Queens Theatre spokesman added: “Relaxed performances provide a comfortable setting for audience members who might find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre etiquette.

“By creating an informal environment it will enable patrons to just be themselves without the need for families or carers to worry about the effect it may have on others around them.”

Written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Martin Berry, the special performance of Beauty and Beast will be debuting at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch in January, 2018.

The Relaxed Performance will take place on Tuesday, January 2 at 5.30pm and the Dementia-Friendly Performance will take place on Wednesday, January 3 at 1.30pm.

Tickets for these Relaxed Performances are £12.50.

To book, call the box office on 01708 443333 or stop by in person to discuss your requirements.

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