A dedicated relaxed performance of the famed Horrible Histories’ latest show Barmy Britain, specifically designed for people with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders, is to be staged at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen at 10.30am this Friday (May 16).
It will have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels, and there is a very relaxed attitude to noise and movement, with changes to the sound levels and lighting effects.
Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers said: “Our relaxed panto performance of Cinderella in January was a great success and we found that by making small but important adjustments we were able to open up the experience of live theatre to many people who might otherwise find it daunting.
“We regularly offer audio-described, captioned and signed performances and it is part of our wider commitment to broadening access to our work and our venues.
“And this week’s Friday morning show will also be audio-described and BSL signed to make it as inclusive as possible.”
The new show from the much-acclaimed Horrible Histories stage productions is a horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in and 3D effects.
Educational on many levels as well as entertaining, it poses such questions as: Can you beat battling Boudicca? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Can King Charles keep his head? Would you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin?
The audience is invited to escape the clutches of Burke and Hare, dared to dance the Tyburn jig, move to the groove with party Queen Victoria and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!
Tickets for the relaxed performance of Horrible Histories’ Barmy Britain cost £10 and are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.