The Apollo Theatre in London will host a ‘relaxed performance’ of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time this summer.
Aimed at families with children that have an autistic condition, sensory and communication disorder or learning disability, the show will take place on the matinee performance on June 22.
Lighting and special effects will be adapted, such as removing strobes and flashing lights and reducing loud noises, and parts of the Apollo Theatre foyer will be used as a quiet space to relax for those who need to leave and re-enter the auditorium during the production.
After the performance, the audience will be able to stay for a question and answer session with the actors, who will be in costume but out of character.
The performance is part of a national project led by the Society of London Theatre, the Theatrical Management Association and The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.
The National Theatre, which produced Curious Incident, is one of ten theatres across the UK participating in the Relaxed Performance Project pilot.
A research team will assess the audience, staff and theatre experience of the pilot and the findings will be made available in autumn 2013 with the aim of encouraging regularly programmed relaxed performances across the UK in the future.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is based on Mark Haddon’s novel, which has been adapted by Simon Stephens. It is directed by Marianne Elliott.