Earlsdon WI Get Crafty for our Relaxed Performance!

Posted on 6 December 2017

The Belgrade Theatre has teamed up with Earlsdon Women’s Institute and the West Midlands Federation of Women’s Institutes to create a number of “twiddle muffs”, hand muffs with attachments to fiddle with, for our first ever relaxed pantomime performance.

A relaxed performance is specifically designed to be an open and welcoming environment for those audience members who may enjoy, or benefit from, a more relaxed performance style. This includes those with Autism Spectrum Conditions, sensory and communication disorders, learning disabilities, dementia, or other conditions.

Twiddle muffs are soft therapeutic aids for those with autism, sensory disabilities or dementia. Often knitted, with multiple sensory stimulating attachments such as bobbles or buttons to fiddle with, they can help with restless hands and minimise anxiety. Earlsdon WI have been hard at work knitting us a number of these comforting sensory aids, which will be given out to attendees who want them at the relaxed performance of Cinderella at 10.30am on Wednesday 10 January. The Belgrade are proud to be able to offer a relaxed performance of our inspiring panto so that as many people as possible can join Cinderella for the Royal Ball.

This magical rags to riches tale will be brought to life with spectacular sets, lavish costumes and sing-along-songs in a performance that will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of those with autism and sensory disabilities. There may be relevant changes to light and sound effects, additional staff members will be on hand to assist and there will be a chill out zone those who would benefit. Sensory toys, including the WI’s hand-knitted twiddle muffs will also be provided for the duration of the show.

A massive thank you to Earlsdon WI for all of their help and donations!