Relaxed Performances at The Mercury Theatre

Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders into theatres to give those who otherwise might feel excluded, the chance to experience live theatre.

They have a less formal and more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels. It is a specialist provision created to provide an opportunity for people who would otherwise find it difficult to come to see a show - for example people who make involuntary noise, or are likely to need to talk a lot, or move around. During a regular performance this can disturb the other audience members, and the show, but at a relaxed performance it’s fine.

Lighting and special effects will be slightly altered - for example removing strobes and flashing lights and reducing very loud noises, however the content of the show will not be specifically changed.

The Relaxed Performances for 2014/15 are:


The relaxed performance will take place on Tuesday 6 January 2015 at 2.00pm.

Visit the website for more details on the Cinderella performance. 

Hare and Tortoise

Described as a fun, fast (and slow) show for 4 to 8 year olds about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up.

The relaxed performance will take place on Thursday 30 October at 2pm.

Visit the website for more details on the Hare and Tortoise performance. 

The Mercury Theatre is only a 5-minute walk from Colchester Town Centre with great local bus links and is within walking distance of both Colchester North and Colchester Town station.

The address is Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT.

Visit the website for General Access Information. 

Find out more about Relaxed Performances. 

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