It’s (al­most) panto time!

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en­joy all the magic, sparkle and lav­ish pro­duc­tion val­ues but will be suit­able for those with sen­sory prob­lems or spe­cial needs.

Qdos and the Al­ham­bra The­atre are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that wel­comes au­di­ences with spe­cific needs to ex­pe­ri­ence live the­atre and the magic of pan­tomime with their friends, fam­i­lies and school groups.

The pro­duc­tion in Brad­ford will be mod­i­fied to adapt its suit­abil­ity for au­di­ence mem­bers.

House light­ing is of­ten kept on to al­low pa­trons to feel more com­fort­able or move about the au­di­to­rium, vol­ume lev­els are re­duced so there are no loud bangs, in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the stage and the au­di­ence is re­vised and cer­tain lan­guage is mod­i­fied.

Talk­ing and noise is en­cour­aged in the au­di­to­rium with­out judge­ment, of­ten cre­at­ing spa­ces for pa­trons to have some time away from the pro­duc­tion if they wish.

Ev­ery­one book­ing for the Re­laxed Per­for­mance will be sent a vis­ual story in ad­vance to help them fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the plot, char­ac­ters and the set­ting be­fore they ar­rive at the the­atre.

The Re­laxed Per­for­mance will also in­clude Sign Lan­guage In­ter­pre­ta­tion.

To make the pan­tomime per­for­mance as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble the Al­ham­bra The­atre is of­fer­ing tick­ets for this Re­laxed Per­for­mance for a spe­cial re­duced rate of £13.

Adam Ren­ton, gen­eral man­ager of Brad­ford The­atres, said: “Af­ter lis­ten­ing to feed­back from our cus­tomers, fam­i­lies and sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions in the re­gion, we have de­cided to of­fer an­other Re­laxed Per­for­mance this year dur­ing our pan­tomime run, once again at the slightly ear­lier evening per­for­mance time of 6pm.

“As well as small changes to the show, we will also be tak­ing a more re­laxed ap­proach to noise in the au­di­to­rium and will pro­vide a des­ig­nated chill-out area out­side the au­di­to­rium for peo­ple to use if be­ing in the au­di­to­rium be­comes over­whelm­ing for them.

“Hav­ing seen par­ents so com­fort­able at a pan­tomime per­for­mance watch­ing their chil­dren en­joy­ing the show over the last three years, I hope that even more peo­ple will be able to join us for this spe­cially tai­lored per­for­mance.

“This is also a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies with very small chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence pan­tomime for the first time in an en­vi­ron­ment where noise and move­ment doesn’t mat­ter, it’s all part of the fun and we en­cour­age it.

“We hope that the in­clu­sive wel­come and re­laxed at­mos­phere will give ev­ery­one the chance to come and ex­pe­ri­ence pan­tomime.” ■■Aladdin – Al­ham­bra The­atre, Brad­ford ■■Satur­day De­cem­ber 8 – Sun­day Jan­uary 20 ■■Tick­ets: from £15.50 (*in­clu­sive of book­ing fees) ■■Re­laxed Per­for­mance: Tues­day Jan­uary 8 at 6pm – all tick­ets £13 ■■Tick­ets for the Re­laxed Per­for­mance can be booked through the Box Of­fice on 01274 432000 or via the Group Sales Team on 01274 437788, who can ad­vise the best way to ac­com­mo­date larger groups.

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