Zara’s Story

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Back in November we were delighted to work with Mousetrap Theatre Projects to transform the final performance of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax into a relaxed performance. 11-year-old Zara came with her family:   

‘On the morning of the show, my sister, brother and I were wondering where we were going as my mum said it was a surprise. Outside I noticed a black taxi parked. My sister and I were perplexed. Where could we be going?

After driving about 45 minutes we went inside a big building. A lovely lady called Mia welcomed us and more families started arriving. A man called John came and did a really fun workshop.

It was lovely seeing everyone enjoying themselves, especially my brother, Hamza, who could run around and make as much noise as he wanted and even my dad joined in who made us laugh at his grizzly bear attempt. Me and my sister realised that we would be seeing The Lorax.

I love going to the theatre but do not often get the chance as sometimes my brother’s behaviour is annoying to others as they do not understand he has special needs and cannot help it.

This can be stressful for my parents and us when other people are staring. As it was a relaxed performance, it meant that we could all go as a family with my brother and not worry about him shouting, getting excited or making noises that might disturb the other attendees.

Hamza loved the show and was jumping up and down in his seat really excited when the songs and the new invention came on. The whole show was incredible!

After the show we were lucky to meet the Lorax and some of the actors. My brother even now keeps talking about the show and holding the Lorax’s hand.

After the show, a taxi brought us home*. I know for my parents the fact they did not have to drive and find parking close to the venue for my brother made the day so much more enjoyable and stress free for all of us.

We would definitely like to be going to another Mousetrap relaxed performance! Thank you Mousetrap.’

*Free taxis were kindly provided by Addison Lee for some attending families

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.

One month after their Old Vic run came to an end, the Company of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax headed for the wintery wonderland of Toronto for the first leg of their North American tour at the Royal Alexandra Theatre from 9 Dec – 21 Jan. The Lorax’s message of seeing the beauty in the world around us and understanding our responsibility to protect it has captivated Canadian audiences:

‘Hugely entertaining and surprisingly powerful. No better time than now for The Lorax’

The Globe & Mail

The tour will continue in April at the Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis.

Photo credit: Alex Rumford Photography

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