A relaxed performance provides a supportive environment for audience members who may benefit from moving around or making noise during a performance – including (but not limited to) those with additional sensory or communication needs, people who experience pain or discomfort sitting still, and anyone who may find sitting in a traditional theatre environment difficult.
This means we welcome a more relaxed approach inside the theatre and in the front of house areas to allow everyone to enjoy the show in their own way, whether that includes the need to move in and out of the auditorium during the performance, make noises, or take a bit more time to adjust to surroundings.
For relaxed LAMDA shows we:
- Maintain a low level of house lighting throughout the show to allow for movement within the space easily.
- Reduce the level of any loud noises or sound effects.
- Remove any strobe or bright flashing lighting.
- Provide a sensory story for the production, for any patrons who wish to prepare in advance for the emotional and technical content of the production.
- Allow for people to come and go from the auditorium as they find necessary.
- Provide a front of house break-out space for anyone who may find the theatre experience overwhelming.
- Ask the actors to introduce themselves to the audience, and the character they are playing.