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Relaxed Theatre

Relaxed Theatre (Not offered in academic year of 2021-22)

Service description

Students will assist in a special theatre setting called “Relaxed Theatre” organized by the Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC).

Relaxed Theatre is a form of socially inclusive entertainment that welcomes individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other learning / communication challenges to enjoy the theatre experiences. Theatre rules are specially tailored to meet the needs of the audience and to create a supportive environment for them to enjoy the performance (Visit here to learn more about AFTEC and Relaxed Theatre).

Students will take up the role of Front-of-House Volunteers, with the following main duties:

  • Support the performers in creating a relaxing, interactive, and discrimination-free atmosphere
  • Maintain order at the auditorium
  • Provide assistance to the audience (e.g. escort them in and out of the house, guide the direction, etc.)
  • Address ad hoc needs of the audience

Specific requirements

All Front-of-House Volunteers are required to:

  1. Attend the training
  2. Attend the dressed rehearsal
  3. Assist in at least ONE Relaxed Theatre show

What will I gain as a Front-of-House Volunteer?

  • Knowledge about “Relaxed Theatre” and how it promotes equality in society
  • Learning how the idea of inclusion can be applied to a theatre setting
  • Practical skills and hands-on experiences in managing the audience’s behaviours and interacting with them
  • A deeper understanding of children and teenagers with ASD and other types of SEN
  • An exclusive opportunity to enjoy a very different theatre experience!

Students who joined Relaxed Theatre

(Top left) Staff from AFTEC provides guidelines of Relaxed Theatre to SEN PIN members SEN PIN members take group photos with actors on stage
SEN PIN members take group photos with actors on stage SEN PIN members take group photos with actors on stage

Relaxed Theatre