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Relaxed Theatre

Relaxed Theatre (Not offered in academic year of 2020-21)

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!

Relaxed Theatre