Unless otherwise stated in the show content warnings, relaxed performances will not feature total audience black out, flashing lights/strobed lighting, loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound, distinctive smells, special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics), latex balloons, characters expressing anger, heavily dialogue-driven scenes.

 

AnimAlphabet: The Musical

Pleasance Dome

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 0+ (0-10)
Signed using pre-recorded video. BSL interpreted by Stacey Stockwell
High-energy actors, colourful puppets, amazing characters and fantastic songs combine to create AnimAlphabet: The Musical. Join Colin the Country Cockatoo, Hip-Hop Donkey and Geoff the Geordie Jazz Giraffe on a fantastic family musical adventure. AnimAlphabet is funny, fast-paced and bursting with witty songs by Al and Sam of platinum pop band The Hoosiers and featuring Kerry Ingram (Free Rein, Game of Thrones, Matilda The Musical) as the voice of MetroGnome. AnimAlphabet is a fun family musical unlike any other but you better watch out, that dastardly duck Calando's about! Supported by Arts Council England.


Relaxed performance information

Animalphabet show will be signed and will have a prerecording of Stacey (Signer for Hexagon Theatre in Reading) which will be played on a large screen built into the set.

Show content warnings: - 
Audience participation: - 
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise.
Character introduction: No

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Dangerous Giant Animals

Underbelly, Bristo Square

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

A kick. A scream. A tantrum. When it comes to disability, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? This is a middle-child story of the extraordinary range of experience that comes from growing up too soon alongside a sister who will never grow up. A provocative new solo show, Dangerous Giant Animals, is a darkly comedic game of hide-and-seek with our true nature.


Relaxed performance information

Features meeting with the performer before the show starts.

Show content warnings: None
Audience participation: None
Provided for Audience: None
Character introduction: No -

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Everything Is Going to Be KO

Pleasance Courtyard

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

One in 10 of us are dyslexic. Yet learning difficulties are sometimes presented as a politically correct way to talk about stupidity. Join Kaiya Stone as she challenges this notion, reflecting on her life from childhood to adulthood, coping with (unknown for the first 20 years) dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD. This is a call to arms for a movement that questions the way we are "supposed" to think and demands that we do better for everyone. As featured on the BBC, the i and the Evening Standard. Supported by Old Vic New Voices scheme.


Relaxed performance information

Show content warnings: Characters expressing anger. Heavily dialogue-driven scenes.
Audience participation: None
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise. Permission to engage with performer. Show guide or synopsis or character list.
Character introduction: Yes - We will come out and introduce ourselves and the relaxed performance at the start of the show.

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From One Heart to Another

theSpaceTriplex

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)

Inclusive theatre group The Theatre Shed will explore end of life and organ donation in a unique and inspiring way. A heart is a lot to hand over – and a lot to take. Kia is about to find out just how big hers is. She needs help. She’s fed up with the world. She’s growing up too fast, but who can help? From One Heart to Another looks at the exciting adventures a child goes on and the lessons we remember from our childhood when we’re really challenged to question how we see life.


Relaxed performance information

An inclusive theatre company we have a number of performers with ASD, intellectual and, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. Performances are relaxed, accessible and inclusive for both performers and audiences. Touch tour provided along with visual aides, a BSL interpretation and movement based pieces. Comic-strip style story board as part of our set, to help the audience follow the through line of the story. Opportunity for audience participation, but it is not an obligation.

Show content warnings: Characters expressing anger. Heavily dialogue-driven scenes.
Audience participation: Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer. Performer goes into audience area.
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise. Show guide or synopsis or character list.
Character introduction: No

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Improvabunga!

theSpace @ Niddry St

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

Improvabunga is the totally improvised movie-adventure-extravaganza. See two of your favourite film genres smashed together in a 50-minute long improvised romp, described as 'one of the best improvisation pieces in Edinburgh' **** (EdFringeReview.com). Featuring live musical accompaniment and buzzers that you can use to control the performers. There’ll be songs, there’ll be tears, there’ll be kisses (or slaps) and there will be funny. The Watch This Improv Troupe are back for their 14th Edinburgh Fringe and are ready to create a fantastic story before your very eyes. 'Consistently and outrageously funny' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).


Relaxed performance information

The relaxed performances take place at our usual venue and time (theSpace @ Niddry Street – Upper Theatre at 21:20). The show is a 50-minute improvised show inspired by movie genres including a five to 10 minute hosting section at the start to detail how the show will run and give permission to the audience to move around, make noise, and leave if necessary. It features live music by a keyboardist that is kept at a relatively low volume. If you have any questions about the show or whether it would be suitable then either drop us an email at watchthis@guild.bham.ac.uk or message us on Facebook at /WatchThisImprov.

Show content warnings: None
Audience participation: None
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise.
Character introduction: Yes

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Jay Lafferty: Wheesht!

Gilded Balloon Teviot

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

With a colourful history of never knowing when to shut up, Jay has managed to get herself into – and occasionally out of – more than a few tricky situations. After a lifetime of being told to pipe down, Jay never expected the trouble that would come from holding her tongue. Number five in the Top 10 best-reviewed comedy shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017. 'A brilliant and conversational set full of wit and hilarious observations' ***** (EdFestMag.com). 'Warm, wise, witty and occasionally waspish, [Lafferty] shines in the spotlight with the best of them' **** (Scotsman).


Relaxed performance information

Show content warnings: None
Audience participation: None
Provided for Audience: None
Character introduction: No

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Jo Jingles – Jo Visits the Seaside

Murrayfield Parish Church Centre

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 0+ (0-6)

Following successful, sell-out shows in previous years, Jo Jingles is back for more Fringe fun. This year's theme is a trip to the seaside, so join Big Jo and the team as we all enjoy a fun adventure to the beach! We have musical instruments to play and fun props too, with lively action songs guaranteed! Don't forget those shorts and shades (optional of course).


Relaxed performance information

Our Wednesday 8th August 2pm show is specifically for children with additional needs aged 3-10yrs and their families.

Show content warnings: Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting. Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound. Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics).
Audience participation: Audience required to undertake directed movement. Performer goes into audience area.
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise. Permission to engage with performer
Character introduction: No

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Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Traverse Theatre

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84, the NHS will be 100 – what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, and residencies in hospitals and surgeries, and with director Nicolas Kent, Mark uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What's going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right and what the future might hold for all of us.


Relaxed performance information

At the Traverse we operate a babes in arms policy for Relaxed Performances. The house lights will be dimmed but not extinguished throughout the performance. The lighting and sound effects will be reduced.

Show content warnings: None
Audience participation: None
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise. Show guide or synopsis or character list.
Character introduction: No -

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My Left / Right Foot – The Musical

Assembly Roxy

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
BSL interpreted by Natalie MacDonald
Local am-dram society is under pressure to comply with the equalities agenda. They come up with a cunning plan; create a gripping show starring 'the disabled'. What could be better than the Oscar-winning My Left Foot? The only snag is they can't find any disabled actors – but that never stopped Daniel Day-Lewis! Original music by award-winning partnership Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie with additional songs by Richard Thomas ('Jerry Springer – The Opera'). Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland present this hilarious new musical, celebrating BOP's 25th anniversary. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com


Relaxed performance information

Show content warnings: None
Audience participation: None
Provided for Audience: Audience chill out area. Permission to move around and make noise. Permission to engage with performer.
Character introduction: Yes - Introduction from cast.

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Number, Please.

theSpace on North Bridge

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

1952. When an unsuspecting switchboard operator answers a mysterious call from a dying woman, she is entrusted with a top-secret message that pulls her into an international plot to destroy the world. Fast-forward half an hour, Sheila is chasing friends, foes and old flames on the 14:52 to Exeter, as members of the Nuclear Justice Association attempt to arm the entire world with enough weapons to destroy it. Can she, the not-so-innocent bystander, save the world? Or will her lack of experience and necessary skills drag the mismatched team down?


Relaxed performance information

For more information, or if you have any further access requirements, please email numberpleaseproduction@gmail.com or message our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/numberpleaseproduction/.

Show content warnings: None
Audience participation: None
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise. Permission to engage with performer. Show guide or synopsis or character list.
Character introduction: Yes - Further details on character information provided on https://www.facebook.com/numberpleaseproduction/.

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The I Hate Children Children's Show

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 8+ (8 and older)

Same deal as last year. Champagne for mums as each child is personally insulted by a fat American. Every kid helps with a trick on stage. After the show check out the online photos starring your kids at IHateChildren.com. Be a hero and get your tickets now.... Don't be that sad dad who disappoints his precious angels then has to take the long, loud trip to see the second choice kids show. Get your tickets now for the original, the ultimate, The I Hate Children Children's Show... Your family will thank you.


Relaxed performance information

We always welcome every family and every child. We play every show knowing there may be someone sensitive in the audience but with these special shows we come prepared, knowing that anything can happen - and hopefully it will.

Show content warnings: Latex balloons
Audience participation: Audience invited on stage.
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise. Permission to engage with performer. Audience chill out area.
Character introduction: Yes

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The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters & Mayhem

Pleasance Courtyard

Relaxed performance dates

Suitability: 8+ (6 and older)

Hairy, ever so slightly scary tales for kids from the multi award-nominated wizard (alias John Henry Falle) and his arch-enemy, Mandy the Witch Who Lives Under The Sink (Funny Women semi-finalist Mandy Dassa). Warning: contains dragons. Songs co-written by kids' favourite Jay Foreman. As seen in the BAFTA Children's Award-winning History Bombs and on tour with ComedyClub4Kids. Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee. Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality nominee. 'One of the wonders of the Fringe' ***** (Daily Mirror). 'White hot brilliance' **** (Time Out).


Relaxed performance information

Show content warnings: Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound. Distinctive smells. Characters expressing anger. Heavily dialogue-driven scenes.
Audience participation: Audience required to undertake directed movement. Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer.
Provided for Audience: Permission to move around and make noise. Permission to engage with performer. Show guide or synopsis or character list.
Character introduction: Yes - Character introduction will happen before the show starts.

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