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Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime with dementia friendly performances opens at Queen's Theatre

PUBLISHED: 15:35 07 December 2018

Ceila Cruwys-Finnigan, James William-Pattison and Elizabeth Rowe in the Queen's Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk. Photo: Mark Sepple

Ceila Cruwys-Finnigan, James William-Pattison and Elizabeth Rowe in the Queen's Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk. Photo: Mark Sepple

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Panto season is one of the most joyous and magical times of the year and the Queen's Theatre will be holding special dementia friendly performances so that no one will feel excluded from enjoying the wonders of pantomime.

Claire Greenway as Pat the Cow with the junior chorus in the Queen's Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk. Photo: Mark SeppleClaire Greenway as Pat the Cow with the junior chorus in the Queen's Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk. Photo: Mark Sepple

The Queen’s Theatre is offering a relaxed performance and a dementia friendly performance at this year’s festive extravaganza, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Martin Berry, the pantomime is peppered with pop hits from across the decades, bundles of audience participation and hilarious slapstick.

When Jack sells his beloved family cow for magic beans, he soon discovers they open up an unexpected world of thrilling adventure.

Join Jack and dotty mum Dame Trott as they scale the Beanstalk and hope to outwit the Giant.

The specially adapted performances of the pantomime welcomes people of all ages who will 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 spokeswoman said: “The theatre welcomes those who may usually be prevented from visiting the theatre to attend these tailored performances.

“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.”

It is assured that audience noise is permitted throughout the performance and individuals who may feel overwhelmed are free to leave the auditorium and head for a chill out area in the foyer.

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 relaxed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk will take place on Wednesday, January 2 at 5.30pm and the dementia friendly performance will take place on Thursday, January 3 at 1.30pm.

To book tickets visit queens-theatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01708 443333.

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