It was an absolute pleasure for Tenfold to be able to attend this year’s Relaxed Performance
of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, as special guests of our lovely friends at the West
The stunning adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s children’s classic was a huge hit with the audience,
who watched the show ‘in the round’, with the 360 degree seating surrounding the entire stage giving everyone a real bird’s eye view!
The imaginative set, trap door trickery and atmospheric lighting created a magical backdrop
for the fight to claim Narnia back from the clutches of the wicked white witch. Aslan the
lion, with amazing puppetry supporting the role, was a big hit with the young audience,
many of whom had come from the various SILCs across the city. There was quite a lot of audience participation, and the delight of the young people was obvious, with one young man sitting near us proclaiming, “this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life!”
Some of the highlights included the acrobatic rope dancers, the audience standing to join in the dancing along with the cast to celebrate defeating the witch, and meeting some of the characters
afterwards, when they came into the auditorium to chat and pose for photos.
The Relaxed Performance means that the show is adapted in subtle ways to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for any theatre-goer who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere. The house lights are up a bit and the sound levels and strobe lighting and other special effects may reduce in certain parts of the show. The Playhouse went even further with this show as they had also produced a beautiful Sensory Book describing the costumes and providing fabric samples for people to look at and touch – meaning you can even stroke Aslan’s fur!
Kath and Angela attended the Relaxed Performance, with Kalwant, from Leep1 (pictured with Mr Tumnus after the show).
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe runs until 27 January 2018, and you can find out more
and book tickets by going to the website www.wyp.org.uk or calling the box office on 0113 213
Audio described, Dementia Friendly and British Sign Language interpreted performances are available on selected dates.