Bosses at Birmingham Hippodrome are urging people to dig deep during the theatre’s annual festive fundraising campaign, which aims to raise £20,000 for Relaxed Performances. To achieve the target the Hurst Street venue has joined The Big Give’s #ChristmasChallenge18, which will see all donations doubled for just seven days, between 27th November – 4th December.
All money raised will go towards the expansion of their existing Relaxed Performance programme, enabling theatre-goers with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and special needs to experience the magic of live theatre. The inclusive shows see loud noises and bright lights reduced, and house lights raised. Guests are free to walk in and out of the auditorium and if anyone wants to take a break there are calm spaces and sensory rooms nearby.
Birmingham Hippodrome staged its first Relaxed Performance as part of the 2013 pantomime; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Since then, thanks to the generosity and support of donors, volunteers and funders there have been twelve other inclusive shows. Vicki Darby, who attended a Relaxed Performance, said:
“I was so impressed with the way Birmingham Hippodrome include all types of disabilities with the use of audio, signing and captions available. I liked that staff were very visible with their sparkly hats handing out toys for children to choose and hold.
“The word searches and puzzles were great and kept my daughter busy while we waited to go in and then the performance was so perfect for them.”
To donate online, you can visit birminghamhippodrome.com/biggive.