Cotton Court, 30-42 Waring St
Belfast BT1 2ED
Enquiries: 028 9023 0660
Festival Box Office: 028 9024 3042
Suitable for children with autism, learning disabilities or other sensory and communication disorders.
It is a performance for people who:
• have autism, learning disabilities or other sensory and communication disorders
• might require a high level of preparation for their visit
• may make noise and need to move around and/or talk
• can be described as “the opposite of the quiet carriage on a train”
• may need to leave the performance for a break and return
• Staff have awareness of the special challenges a child with autism faces in a new environment.
• No bright flashing lights or sudden loud noises.
• Theatre lights will be lowered but not go to complete darkness.
• Audience are free to leave the theatre and return, to make noise and walk around.
• A chill out area is available for audience members who may need a time out.
• Earplugs are available, just ask a member of staff.
• Fidget toys (stress ball) are available, ask a member of staff.
• A printed visual story of the performance is available from staff members or to download from the Young at Art website (http://www.youngatart.co.uk/access) or from the venue website in advance of the performance.
• All front of house and in theatre pre-show announcements will be made in person by a member of staff (no bodiless voices).
• Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Each child with autism is affected differently. Many children with autism experience high sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours. Others experience low sensitivity. Children with autism may have difficulty in social situations and struggle to control their emotions. For children with autism the world can seem a bewildering, and somewhat frightening place at times. It is thought over 700,000 people in the UK are affected by autism.