Inclusive panto performance to be held at Horsham’s Capitol

JPCT 301313 S13430719x Peter Pan. Panto. The Capitol, Horsham -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 301313 S13430719x Peter Pan. Panto. The Capitol, Horsham -photo by Steve Cobb

For some people with learning disabilities a trip to the theatre and pantomime can be difficult so Horsham District Council has organised a ‘relaxed’ performance of this year’s pantomime in Horsham so that everybody can join in the fun.

This year’s pantomime at The Capitol in Horsham is Peter Pan, and the relaxed performance will be held a on Wednesday December 18 at 6.30pm and all seats will be £10 per person.

The performance essentially keeps the same format and performance as other nights but with additional support and resources available.

During the performance a British Sign Language interpreter will be on stage and details of when loud noises or audience interaction takes place during the show will be made available, with additional stewards on hand to help where necessary.

Most importantly the environment and atmosphere will be supportive, understanding and friendly with the audience and staff all confident and aware of others’ needs.

This year the pantomime features Steven Arnold, who played Ashley Peacock in Coronation Street, as Smee.

Steven is joined by Benjamin Pomeroy as Peter Pan along with a host of other great actors and actresses.

Sue Rogers (Con, Steyning), HDC’s cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “Pantomime is meant to be fun; it’s exuberant, lively, loud and bright with audience interaction and slap stick comedy however this can cause issues for some people on the autistic spectrum and with learning disabilities.

“To keep the pantomime as inclusive as possible Horsham District Council and The Capitol have once again organised a relaxed performance of this year’s pantomime – Peter Pan.

“This means that families and carers of children and people on the autistic spectrum, with sensory disorders or a learning disability, who might find a pantomime performance daunting can plan a trip to the theatre in confidence.”

The assisted access scheme does not apply for this performance.

For tickets call The Capitol’s Box Office on 01403 750220 (wheelchair users should tell the box office when booking if they are able to transfer to another seat as designated wheelchair spaces will be at a premium).

For more information about the performance call Horsham District Council on 01403 215216.