Over £24,000 has been raised by generous donors for us to expand our Relaxed Performances. A challenging £20,000 target was beaten in record time so that we can stage 10 relaxed performances over the next 12 months. These specially adapted performances ensure disabled audiences and those with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other complex learning needs can enjoy shows with their families in a relaxed and friendly way, so everyone feels welcome at the Hippodrome.
Individual supporters and local businesses were equally generous, including gifts from Darwin Escapes and IMI plc Charitable Trust. Donations were doubled through The Big Give Christmas Challenge and, having beaten the target, the Hippodrome is now in the running for a further boost from organisers The Reed Foundation.
The eight-day campaign saw cast members from this year’s sparkling Hippodrome pantomime Peter Pan supporting the fundraising efforts. Birmingham favourite Matt Slack and co-star Jaymi Hensley will be part of the team presenting a Relaxed Performance of Peter Pan at 12 noon on 23 January 2019 which is now almost sold out.
Vicki Darby, who has attended Relaxed Performances said: “I was so impressed with the way Birmingham Hippodrome include all types of disabilities with audio-description, sign-language and captions available. A fantastic show and it prompted us to look at future Relaxed Performances so we can enjoy another visit very soon.”
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