ARC join forces with Daisy Chain to offer new ‘relaxed performances’ for children with autism

ARC has joined forces with local autism charity Daisy Chain to enable all families to get the most from their visitor experience.

Three of ARC’s upcoming family events will have a ‘relaxed performance’ available, which will enable children with autism and other requirements to enjoy the fun and friendly family shows, with just a few minor adjustments being made to make the experience as pleasant and autism-friendly as possible.

These relaxed performances are open to everyone and will include adjustments such as consistent lighting throughout, extra seats and spacing between other families, music at a reduced volume, and the opportunity for children and parents to bring their own food, as well as beat the queues.

ARC are working alongside local autism charity Daisy Chain to make their family shows more accessible to children who may have extra requirements. As part of this process, ARC will be consulting with parent groups to find out which changes they would most like to see.

Judith Haysmore, Chief Executive at Daisy Chain says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the ARC to provide relaxed film screenings and performances for people with autism and additional requirements.

This will provide opportunities for people with sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema or to watch a show with their families, friends or carers.

Our families at Daisy Chain are looking forward to attending these relaxed screenings and spending time together as a family in a comfortable environment.”

The relaxed performances are as follows: Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie on Monday 15 February 1.30pm, Horace and the Yeti on Friday 19 February 11am and the classic children’s story, Tom Thumb, on Saturday 23 April 2.30pm.