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Curve is delighted to announce that David Wilson Homes will be sponsoring a performance of West Side Story this year, which will allow Curve to create a specially adapted Relaxed performance.
Curve has a long-standing commitment to making theatre accessible to all, and the aim behind a Relaxed performance is to tailor the theatre experience to meet the needs of people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment – including those with autism or learning disabilities.
A significant number of subtle changes are to be made to the production and the venue in order to make it a more relaxed environment for audiences to enjoy. Changes in sound, lighting and staging during the performance, along with additional staff and modifications around the building are designed to create a more informal atmosphere for both children and adults who would benefit from a more relaxed setting.
In addition, Curve will also be creating information packs for audiences which will be sent in advance detailing what to expect and how Curve can support their visit, including the location of the ‘quiet’ zones, any sensory sensitive adjustments made in the building and offering familiarisation visits for audience members who would benefit from seeing the theatre in advance of the performance.
As a registered charity, support from partner organisations like David Wilson Homes enable Curve to continue to offer accessible performances including Relaxed performances, which create a safe and calmer environment where everyone can enjoy and react to a show in their own way.
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“We are delighted David Wilson Homes will be supporting our Relaxed performance of West Side Story. Christmas at Curve is a special time of year and thanks to the support from David Wilson Homes we are able to create a Relaxed performance of this musical for up to 970 people.”
Commenting on the partnership, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes John Riddington said: “We are excited to be working with Curve and to be sponsoring their upcoming Relaxed performance of West Side Story this year. David Wilson Homes are proud to become a new partner and supporter of Curve’s initiatives, which not only bring true richness to Leicester’s Cultural Quarter but also raise awareness of important causes such as Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. We believe this is the beginning of a long term and fulfilling relationship for us, Curve and the community.”