Nice and Relaxed

Daily Echo: Finley, Ellen and Scarlet Clark at The Mayflower Finley, Ellen and Scarlet Clark at The Mayflower

MORE than 1,000 disabled and autistic children and their families sang their hearts out as The Mayflower became the first major theatre to stage a relaxed performance just for them.

Less than half of them had ever been to any theatre, before seeing the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk take to the stage – and their joy was clear to see.

Mayflower spokesman Robin Hancox said: “It was so worthwhile.

We were all blown away by it. Everyone enjoyed themselves so much and there was a real buzz.”

Several rows of seating were brought out of the auditorium to allow for more wheelchair spaces, the volume was turned down and the house lights turned up a notch to make youngsters feel comfortable.

The event was such a success a repeat is already planned in 2014 during the run of Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates.

l Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Lee Mead, Paul Zerdin and Jeffrey Holland continue in Jack and the Beanstalk until Saturday night.

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