A uniquely adapted version of the West End family favourite, Shrek The Musical, will be playing for one special performance at Newcastle Theatre Royal, which recently became the first theatre in the UK to be recognised for its work with autistic audience members.
The ‘relaxed performance’ of Shrek The Musical will take place on Tuesday 24 March at 2pm and is the first such performance since the Theatre was presented with its Autism Access Award from the National Autistic Society. Newcastle Theatre Royal is the first venue on Shrek The Musical UK and Ireland tour at which a relaxed performance is being held.
Dawn Taylor, Director of Operations at the Theatre said: “We were extremely proud to be presented with our AAA award last month and since then we’ve had more and more families and teachers getting in touch to find out about our relaxed performances. They are all so excited that we are providing a relaxed performance of Shrek The Musical, which will have all the same elements of the wonderful storyline but with the lighting, special effects and very loud noises reduced.”
Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder into the Theatre. They have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels and chill out zones are provided for any audience members feeling anxious.
Newcastle Theatre Royal also provides a ‘visual story’ to those attending the performance, to allow them to familiarise themselves with both the theatre and the themes of the show before arriving. And as a special one-off, face painters have been specially commissioned for the Shrek The Musical Relaxed Performance to help the children get into the spirit of the action both before the show and during the interval, for free.
Shrek The Musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Academy Award®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film, featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer. Dean Chisnall stars as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’, the role he previously played in the West End, with Faye Brookes as damsel in distress ‘Princess Fiona’, Idriss Kargbo as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’.
The producers of Shrek The Musical UK and Ireland Tour said: “Following a highly successful relaxed performance at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, we are delighted that the first relaxed performance of Shrek The Musical UK and Ireland Tour will take place at Newcastle Theatre Royal, especially following their recent Autism Access Award. These specially tailored performances welcome those audience members with autism or learning disabilities who might normally find it hard to attend and enjoy live theatre. We appreciate how important these performances are and we are committed to ensuring Shrek The Musical is a show the whole family can enjoy in a warm and inclusive environment, together.”
For more information about Shrek The Musical Relaxed Performance visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk or call Group Bookings on 08448 11 21 22.