Piloted in 2014, AFTEC has presented 20 very special Relaxed Theatre under the Classics for Juniors banner. Relaxed Theatre (RT) provides a supportive atmosphere and joyful theatre experiences to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other learning/communication challenges, and their schools and families.
The usual theatre rules and norms are set aside. Audience members are free to make noise, move around, leave and re-enter the auditorium anytime.
Sound and lighting effects are reduced to less stimulating levels. Attendance is capped at half capacity of the auditorium to create more space. A chill-out area is offered outside the auditorium for audience members who need some down-time.
The play is specially adapted so that the storytelling is more direct. Interactive activities are specially designed according to the needs of the audience.
A pre-show info pack is sent to the audience, including the story, characters’ information and photos of the venue. This enables the audience to familiarise themselves with the upcoming theatre experience in advance.
Briefing is provided for venue staff, actors and administration teams on the needs of ASD young people.
2019 Grimm Adventures – A Reimagination of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
2018 The Wizard of Oz
2017 The Scarlet Pimpernel
2016 King Arthur
2015 Merlin the Magician
2014 Treasure Island
The kids were very immersed in the story and the singing. Interacting with the actors allowed them to understand the characters more.
Parent, Heep Hong Society (Wan Chui Centre)
Grimm Adventures: A Reimagination of Grimm’s Fairy Tales (2019)
The simple plot of Relaxed Theatre was highly suitable for our students. They gained a deeper understanding of the theatre through direct interaction with the actors and had their photos taken with them too.
The Wizard of Oz (2018)
It was a really meaningful and powerful for students of different abilities to experience live theatre.