Autism Friendly Christmas Tips

Planning an Autism friendly Christmas this year? Nobody knows your family like you do, but we've got some top tips to help you through the festive period - especially if you're sharing it with us.

 

Sparkle and Shine

If you or your child enjoys the lights, glittery sets and costumes, bag a seat in one of our boxes or near the front to get up close to all the glitz and sparkle. Don’t forget to look up at our chandelier in the Main Space, which glows different colours depending on the scene or look up at the lights in our Second Space. 

 

Plan ahead

We’ve got a social story available to guide you through everything from arriving to the theatre to taking your seats. Why not have a look through the story before you come? Click here to read our Guide to Cinderella

 

Come for a visit before your performance

Even if you’ve been to Cast before, the theatre will look very different decorated all Christmassy. So please do take advantage of our free familiarisation visits. During the festive period all children on a familiarisation visit can have a free hot chocolate in our café! It might help to play our 'What's Staying the Same' game, which you can download here or get a copy of at the Box Office. 

 

Take advantage of our ‘Christmas free zone’

Sometimes, Christmas can be totally overwhelming. So on our relaxed performances, ask to use our Sensory space, which has no decorations or bright lights so you can get away from it all!

 

Have a break

During our Relaxed Performances we have our ‘Access Booth’ available, which is at the back of the theatre. It’s behind a window and it a quieter environment that gives a little distance from the crowds and show. Our Sensory Space is also open on relaxed performances and gives families the chance to continue watching the show on a screen in a less sensory stimulating environment.

 

Use our free stuff!

Don’t forget, all carers go free to any of our performances. Our ear defenders and booster seats are also free. 

 

Find the fun

We don't take ourselves too seriously. We don't want families to be anxious about 'theatre etiquette' or what will happen if their child has a total meltdown. We're patient, and we don't mind if you need to get up and leave for a little bit, or take a moment with your child. You'll only be met with empathy, support and lots of festive good wishes.

 

If you have any specific support needs, let us know - we'd love to help.