Looking back - The Lorax relaxed performance

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On 5 November we welcomed families into our theatre for a relaxed performance of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.

The performance was designed to create a more relaxed environment for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communications needs to enjoy the magic of The Lorax before the production headed off on a tour of North America.

Here at The Old Vic, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience great theatre and we were proud to work with Mousetrap Theatre Projects to make this performance possible.

Mousetrap Theatre Projects is a theatre education charity founded in 1997 to enable young people with limited resources, access or support to engage with the best of London’s theatre.

What our audiences had to say

‘Relaxed performances are the only way my daughter can access the theatre and I strongly believe every young person should have this opportunity.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Mousetrap for working so hard to ensure that these Relaxed Performances become a reality’

‘It was lovely to see so many children and young people being able to watch such a brilliant performance’

‘It’s so wonderful to be able to take our children with additional needs to the theatre and not have to worry if they are going to be quiet’

‘I cannot express how wonderful the whole experience was, thanks is not enough. My niece has trouble going out but not too relaxed performances. We both come out buzzing and enriched. Thanks and mega well organised’

‘Small things made a big difference, for example more lights, meeting the actor, chatting at the beginning and not worrying about being too quiet all the time!’

‘I just wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful afternoon yesterday – we both thoroughly enjoyed The Lorax – it was really wonderful to be able to experience the theatre in such a comfortable, relaxed environment, surrounded by people who understood that sitting down for 50 minutes at a time is not easy!’

Image copyright Alex Rumford