It would have been difficult to not feel moved by what the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and the cast and crew of Sleeping Beauty, the theatre’s Christmas pantomime for 2013, did on Thursday 16th January 2014 for autistic people.
By organising and being part of a relaxed performance of the production, a matinee showing was adapted to the needs of autistic people and by looking at the reaction of autistic people as they left the theatre and the cast as they left the stage, over a year of hard work and planning had been worth every second.
Going along as a 27-year-old who has lived with and got to know a high-functioning form of Aspergers Syndrome inside out through good and bad moments, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew there may be some sensory overload from autistic people who had bought tickets to watch the performance and I knew some of the story may not have been understood, but I was blown away as I sat and took notes with other bloggers. Continue reading