Relaxed – Thurs 31st Dec 2015

By | December 31, 2015

We are very lucky to live just a 30 minute bus ride away from town.  It’s close enough that a whizz in and out for gift or other shopping is very achievable in a morning when the children are at school and, at the same time, far enough away for us not to be affected by anything mega happening in town (Bank Holiday music festival traffic aside).

Today we (D and I) hopped onto a bus because we were heading to the pantomime.  With a difference this year because we were attending a “relaxed” performance, specifically advertised as SN friendly.  

A “relaxed” performance is one in which the house lights aren’t dimmed quite so much, the music isn’t as loud and if the children want to shout, dance or stand up and watch, that’s fine because everyone there knows that SN children don’t always sit still, get extremely excited and want to enjoy it, especially when the star is Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble.

To say D was looking forward to it was an understatement! This was her on the bus going in:


She loved it.  Wasn’t so keen on the walking there amongst strangers or the leaving and heading into a (by then) busy town centre but inside the theatre…

She sang along, she clapped, she cheered, she boo-ed.  She cackled with laughter at some very slapstick moments and really quite intensely disliked the villian (King Rat).

It was wonderful to see.  Fantastic to know that she could engross herself totally in the show without fear of being told to “sit still” or “quieten down” as I imagine she may have been during a non-relaxed show.

We’ve been extremely lucky to go to the pantomime 3 out of 4 times in recent years and the “relaxed” showing is definitely the performance to go for, it suited her very well.

Mr Tumble was fab by the way, he first appeared on a little scooter to the “Gigglebiz” theme tune and was definitely the main attraction.  There was a traditional dame too, an extremely funny one.  D’s favourite memory from today involved the Dame and Mr T chasing each other around with foam flans and the Dame falling over and his hairpiece flying off, not once but twice.  Mine has to be the Dame performing a la Tina Turner to “River Deep, Mountain High”, exaggerated dancing et all.  Wonderful.

It’s given D plenty to chat about and this chat saw her through that busy, busy town, having lunch out and then getting a busy bus home.

Yep, we can definitely recommend both the pantomime and the relaxed performance, we’ll be back next year.
The only downside was that we were high up in the back row of the balcony and therefore my one picture isn’t brilliant.  Mr T is just to the right in a gold and red suit.  

Happy New Year, whatever you do, however you spend it, be happy, keep safe and see you in 2016 Jx 

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over40andamumtoone on 20th January 2016 at 8:06 pm.

I love the idea of relaxed performances. Monkey gets on much better than I’d expected in the theatre but we have an issue with the cinema so going to see if they do a similar thing for that. She looks so excited bless her, glad it went well.


Silly Mummy on 20th January 2016 at 11:49 pm.

The relaxed performances are such a good idea. We took Toddler to her first pantomime just before Christmas. Hers had Mr Maker, but she would have loved Mr Tumble! Glad that D enjoyed herself! #SSAmazingAchievements


Lisa Savage on 21st January 2016 at 9:26 am.

These relaxed performances are such a great idea – I know loads of children, with diagnoses and those without, who would find these a much better way to access theatre. Cant wait until Oscar’s old enough to try one. Maybe this Christmas!


Sarah MumofThree World on 21st January 2016 at 10:58 am.

That’s fantastic! Glad she enjoyed it so much. How amazing to see Mr Tumble too! I think a lot of the theatres are doing the relaxed performances these days. I know there was one performance my daughter did in her panto where there were no flashes and bangs and the lights weren’t quite as dim. (Although having sat through six performances of my daughter’s panto I would say anything goes in the audience. All the kids stand up, move around and make a noise all the time and nobody minds.)


Em on 24th January 2016 at 1:54 pm.

Sounds like a fab day out. Glad you both enjoyed it.


Jane - Our Little Escapades on 26th January 2016 at 7:23 pm.

I’m so glad they are starting to do these relaxed performances. What’s even more exciting is you got to see Mr Tumble. I just wish they put on the performances at better times, our one was on when the children had gone back to school. I’m so glad D enjoyed it, it sounds like you both had an amazing day.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)


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