Inclusive pantomime performance at The Capitol

JPCT S12430473X 24-10-12 Horsham. Capitol. Michael Gattrell with Su Pollard. Panto -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT S12430473X 24-10-12 Horsham. Capitol. Michael Gattrell with Su Pollard. Panto -photo by Steve Cobb

People with learning disabilities can attend a relaxed performance of this year’s Horsham pantomime thanks to the council.

Horsham District Council has organised a special performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Capitol Theatre in North Street on Wednesday December 19 at 6.30pm at £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 one of the country’s top soap actresses, Gillian Wright, as The Wicked Queen.

Gillian is joined by Jane Deane, known to younger viewers as ‘Dee Livery’ in CBeebies ‘Justin’s House’, who will be up to no good as Jenny The Jester.

Michael Neilson is a familiar face from last year’s pantomime ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ and will be the Queen’s sidekick Herman The Henchman.

West End singing stars Daisy Wood-Davis and Bradley Clarkson will play Snow White and The Prince.

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 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

“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 please call HDC on 01403 215216.