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Kids all access… London theatre
Joining the long list of things I never thought May would appreciate because of her brain damage, but in fact does: watching a performance and the jokes of silly children’s entertainment.
London is known for its big West End plays, but it also has a plethora of more intimate, no-holds bar performances for children. I feature two here, but call up any London theatre and you will find that many are accommodating to special needs, with wheelchair access and even with specific performances designed to appeal to children with specific disabilities.
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Iggle Piggle has major power in our household. In an instant, his theme tune can calm a household – or a couple of toddlers (and subsequently a couple parents). Seeing Iggle Piggle and his friends live? That’s like the Beatles visiting America for their first tour.
In the Night Garden LIVE is not a special needs show, but definitely accommodating. Wheelchair access seating is available and the seats have great views. Baby changing facilities are extensive given the age of the audience.
For proof that the children were enchanted, take a look at this photo of my son:
Winners of the family tickets to the competition said of their son: “[He] has autism as well as CP – but the goody bag toys kept him calm until the show started, and then he was transfixed… The only tantrum we had was when we had to leave!”
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The Oily Cart Show delighted and fascinated May in a manner I never thought she was capable of. Their ‘Drum’ show absolutely mesmerised her.
The show was so musically wonderous, so stimulating, so much fun – that May forgot all her troubles and got happy.
Tim Webb, of the company, says: “Each year Oily Cart aims to tour both productions specifically created for young people with complex and profound disabilities (like the very small audience version of Drum) and others, like Mole in the Hole which are aimed at quite different age and ability levels. I think it’s important to look for the Oily show that’s relevant to the requirements of your child. We’re happy to discuss this either by email or on the phone.”
If you know of another theatre company in London that caters to special needs kiddies in any way, please add them to the comments section below!
Disclaimer: In the Night Garden LIVE! provided my family review tickets of the performance. Many thanks to them!