Relaxed Performance: New Ways to Engage Children With Autism
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Relaxed Performances now take place around the world. These events encourage vulnerable audiences to visit the theatre, particularly children with autism. Changes include reducing the intensity of special effects, visual stories to familiarise spectators with a venue, and training staff to assist visitors. This panel discussion examines the rise in Relaxed Performances, asking: what do autistic spectators want from theatre? The panel will include Ben Fletcher-Watson, a researcher and artist currently being supported in a PhD by Imaginate and Starcatchers, and expertise from outwith the arts sector in children with autism.