Esplanade to host its first relaxed performance in largest venue

Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay together announced that a relaxed performance of the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will take place at the Esplanade Theatre on April 8, at 2 pm. This marks the first time a relaxed performance is presented in Esplanade’s largest venue – the 2,000-seat theatre.

There will be a Q&A session with the cast after the performance.
There will be a Q&A session with the cast after the performance. Photo courtesy: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

“Many often perceive the theatre to be a space that needs to be quiet and full of ‘house rules’. The immersive nature and theatrical effect of many performances also make it difficult for someone with special needs and different learning abilities to experience them and to share it with others. At Esplanade, we always strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can enjoy the arts and where possible, try to also provide a setting for people with special needs and their families to attend a performance with other audience members. This is something that others might take for granted as a normal activity, but what some families have never been able to do before,” CEO of Esplanade Co Ltd Benson Puah said.

There is an easy-going attitude to noise and movement, doors remain open and lights are dimmed staying on throughout the show.
There is an easy-going attitude to noise and movement, doors remain open and lights are dimmed staying on throughout the show. Photo courtesy: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

The performance is taking place within a week of World Autism Awareness Day, which falls on April 2 each year. It is specifically designed to welcome people on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, and those with learning needs, communication needs, or physical disabilities. Lighting and special effects will be adapted for the performance, such as removing strobes and flashing lights and reducing very loud noises, and additional audience movement will be expected.

“We are excited to be working in partnership with Esplanade, taking a lead on raising awareness and building industry capacity on this important agenda. We have for some years played a part with theatre access through sign language performances at our home, KC Arts Centre. However, we are looking forward to supporting growth in this area through our programme in 2018 and beyond, giving more people the opportunity to spend their time immersed in theatre,” Managing Director for Singapore Repertory Theatre Charlotte Nors said.

The show is recommended for 11 years old and above.
The show is recommended for 11 years old and above. Photo courtesy: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

“We endeavour to offer Relaxed Performances where we can, to enable all audiences to share the story of Christopher Boone and this extraordinary production. It’s really special that we are working closely with Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade to encourage further understanding of practices in developing access to arts,” said Kash Bennett, Producer for National Theatre Productions.

In addition to the relaxed performance, Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade will be organising a two-day workshop titled Access to Arts Training on February 22 to 23.

Tickets for the Relaxed Performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time can be bought from here.

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