A relaxed performance of Wonder.land will be staged at the National Theatre next month for audiences with learning disabilities or autism....
Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects. An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, 'the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train'.
Ticket holders will also be able to meet the stars of the musical after the show, who will still be in their costumes but will not be in character.
A spokeswoman for the National said the show, on April 21 at 7 pm, would “give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live performance”.
The new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives. Aly is struggling with all the pressures of being a teenager: family, school, friends and her own insecurities. Then she discovers wonder.land – a mysterious online world where, perhaps, she can create a whole new life. The web becomes her looking-glass – but will Aly see who she really is?
Combining live theatre and digital technology in dazzling new ways, wonder.land is brought to life on stage by an extraordinary creative team. With stunning sets, costumes, video projection and lighting, and a score by Blur’s Damon Albarn, this is a musical like no other: an Alice for the online generation.
wonder.land explores teenage issues and contains some strong language. It’s not suitable for children under 10.
Find out more on the National Theatre website.
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