Thursday, 30 January, 2014 - 23:00
The North West’s premier theatre, the Millennium Forum, has just announced details of a brand new concept that will encourage young people with learning difficulties to experience theatre on their terms. A specially adapted ‘relaxed performance’ of the Forum’s Christmas panto, Peter Pan, will take place on Monday 30th December at 2.30pm in a pilot programme that is unique to Northern Ireland theatres.
This carefully adapted version of the Forum’s biggest show of the year will aim to develop a way for young people with learning disabilities and their families to enjoy a stress free trip to the theatre by removing the barriers that exist in the mainstream production.
In consultation with local organisations, the Millennium Forum plans to modify the standard production of Peter Pan to provide a more inclusive and welcoming experience. This means that the auditorium house lights will be brighter than usual during the performance, sound effects will be reduced, there will be no black outs during the performance and, most importantly, audience members will be allowed to move freely around the auditorium and make as much noise as they wish!