Everyone can enjoy the panto experience

Panto season has arrived and this much loved annual tradition is sure to brighten up the day of all who see it, even those who may have thought they wouldn’t be able to attend.

Everyone can enjoy the panto experience

This year sees two disability friendlyperformaces taking place of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at OakengatesTheatre @ The Place meaning everyone really can go along and enjoy those panto clichés.

On Wednesday 30 December at 6.30pm, a BSL(British Sign Language) interpretor will be on stage to allow even those hard of hearing to appreciate the all important punchlines and fun that every pantohas to offer.

And on Sunday 3 January at 1.30pm, a specialrelaxed performance of the panto is ideally suited to children and adults whomay not be comfortable in a traditional theatre setting.

The relaxed performance is open to all but isspecially designed to welcome families and groups who would benefit from a morerelaxed environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition,sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.

Theatre lighting, special effects and soundslevels will be adjusted to reflect the audience’s needs and there will also bea quiet zone where people can unwind and return to the auditorium when they are ready.

Theatre can sometimes be perceived as a stuffyexperience when people have to sit still and be quiet, but it is the complete opposite at a relaxed performance.If anyone needs to move around or react vocally, they are free to do so.

This much loved fairy tale of evil and vanity in a battle withyouth and innocent beauty sees a host of colourful characters brought to lifeas we discover what can go wrong with a bite of a poisonous apple.  Will Snow White avoid the old lady offering an apple, or will we be relying on atrue love’s kiss to seal our happy ever after ending?

Well known actor Jeremy Edwards takes a starring role as the handsome Prince Edward, who is set to fall in love with the beautiful Snow White,played by Amy Reader.

Nicole Faraday of ITVs Bad Girls and Emmerdale stars as the evil Queen Grizelda, the stunning but jealous stepmother of Snow White.

Tickets for this year’s pantomime start at just £9.50 and can bebooked by online at www.theplacetelford.comby calling the box office on 01952 382382, or in person at the theatre or Southwater One in Telford Town Centre.

The BSL performance takes place at 1pm on Wednesday 30 December while the relaxed performance is at 1pm on Sunday 3 December.