OVERCOMING BARRIERS

We thrive to make theatre accessible for all and facilitate theatre lovers of all ages to overcome the barriers that prevent them from enjoying it. Some of our ovecoming barriers projects include Relaxed Performances, the Panto Presents Project and Forget Me Not.

 

Relaxed Performances: Theatre for all 

Relaxed Performances

We host several relaxed performances each year which are specially adapted for the needs of children and adults with complex additional needs.  Having hosted the first ever relaxed theatre performance in Scotland in 2012, all three of or venues now offer shows where the audience can feel free to move around, make noise, come in and out of the auditorium whenever they need to and even dance in the aisles.  We reduce the sensory intensity of the show, provide transport bursaries and have lots of extra trained staff on hand to help support the teachers and carers.

“This incredible opportunity allows pupils from across the school to come together as friends and enjoy something that would not be possible without the amazing effort of you and your team. Their reactions to the performance were wonderful; I think that our staff team spent more time marvelling at their faces, their laugher, ooo’s and aaa’s than anything else.”  – Teacher, Braidburn

“As always the theatre staff were extremely welcoming and accommodating and did their best to ensure all the pupils were comfortable and supported in seeing the show. These shows are always very positive experiences for our children; it was lovely to see lots of smiles and hear wonderful vocalisations from the pupils and we are very grateful for the opportunity to be involved.“  - Teacher, Oaklands

If you’d like to find out more about the performances, please contact us on education@edtheatres.com

We are grateful to Cash for Kids, the Walter Scott Foundation, the Cruden Foundation Ltd and our Friends and Group bookers for supporting our programme of Relaxed performances.  

Your donation helps us make theatre accessible for all. Watch our short film of the relaxed performance of the Kin'g Theatre Panto 2016, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  

 

Forget-Me-Not: Making our theatres dementia-friendly

Tea Dance

Forget-me-not is a three year project to make our theatres supportive and welcoming venues for people living with dementia and their carers. Having consulted with experts and people living with dementia, we have made adjustments to our buildings and processes, trained our staff, forged partnerships and created a packed programme of activities and performances in our theatres and out in the community to enable those with dementia to participate in fun, enriching activities with their peers, their carers and families.

Find out more about the activities on offer.

We are very grateful to the Life Changes Trust and the William Grant Foundation for supporting this work. 

 

Panto Presents: Bringing the magic of Panto to the Sick Kids

Panto Presents

In Edinburgh, nothing quite says Christmas like the King’s Panto and children continue to be delighted by it year after year.  We decided to bring some Panto Magic to the Sick Kids Hospital for those children who are too ill to leave their wards.  The Panto Presents Project provides activity packs for the children to play with, storytelling sessions, craft workshops all themed around the panto and mini-version of the panto performed in the hospital.  They even receive a visit from our Panto stars!

We are very grateful to Awards for All and Friends and Patrons of the theatres for supporting this work.