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Shrek The Musical: Relaxed Performance

Once upon a time, back in 2012...

Our first Relaxed theatre visit to see Shrek The Musical! 

On Wednesday, 16th May 2012, we launched our Relaxed Performance programme with a visit to see Shrek The Musical

Over 500 families attended the performance, adjusted especially for children with sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment.  We worked closely with the producers and theatre staff to ensure that every need was catered for and that participating families and children had the best possible experience.   

All families were sent materials including a SEN Educational Resource Pack, a 'visual story' and a 'sensory synopsis’, all designed to prepare children for their experience at the theatre and deepen their understanding of the show.  

Adjustments were made both to the performance and the venue, with some of the loud and bright elements of the production toned down to cater to the children’s sensitivities and designated viewing spaces and screens set up outside the auditorium, so that children could continue to enjoy the performance even if they need to leave part-way through.  

Attending families were identified through London state secondary special schools and over 200 organisations who support families with children with special needs.  Children came to the performance for free, with accompanying adults paying just £5 per ticket.  

This special performance was funded by ICAP through our ICAP Theatre Journeys for Special Schools and made possible thanks to the great support of the cast and production team of Shrek The Musical and everyone at DreamWorks Theatricals, Playful Productions and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 

“You won't need me to tell you how liberating it is to be able to take a special needs child to an event where his/her challenging behaviour is the norm rather than the exception. It makes their experiences of life a great deal broader than they might otherwise be - and their family's likewise.” 

“I cannot tell you what a joy it was to see my son sitting in a West End theatre enjoying himself and to also feel relaxed as a parent that if anything went wrong, we wouldn't be judged by those around us. These performances must make such a difference to so many families.”


"I so rarely feel brave enough to attempt family trips, especially to proper West End shows and last night was a complete success for us.  My daughter was transfixed with the show and all the special arrangements that were put in place for families like myself made all the difference to our enjoyment. Thank you for an evening to remember that enabled us to feel normal as a family. Thank you!”  


Photography by Alex Rumford


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