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What is a Relaxed Performance?

In our Relaxed Performances we focus on relaxing or adapting the theatre environment while maintaining the creative integrity of the show.

In a Relaxed Performance:

  • We may make minor changes to sensory elements of a show such as reducing bright lighting or loud noises.
  • There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement.
  • You are welcome to bring in, and use, stimming devices.
  • The theatre doors remain open; and the house lights remain on, but dimmed, throughout the performance.
  • You can leave the venue at any time and a designated quiet area is available.
  • Pre-show resources, such as a Visual Story, are also available to help you prepare for your visit.

See our latest accessible performance, events and workshops on our Accessible Events page. You can filter by Relaxed Performance using the ‘filter results’ button.

Who is a Relaxed Performance for?

Relaxed Performances are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. This can include, but is not limited to, people with autism, sensory sensitivities, Tourette's syndrome, learning disabilities or dementia, as well as people living with anxiety or people who have experienced trauma.

What are Visual Stories

Visual Stories are designed to help prepare you for your visit and hopefully reduce any anxiety. They include information about our venues and what will happen during the performance. They can be especially helpful for people with autism or learning disabilities.

Explore past examples of our visual stories


Frequently Asked Questions

For information and warnings about a performance, please check the warnings on the performance webpage and download the Visual Story. The Visual Story will be available to download on the performance webpage a few weeks prior to the performance.

There will be a designated Quiet Area for you to go to in the foyer of the theatre. The Quiet Area will be somewhere you can relax before the show, and where you can come and go to whenever you want during the performance, should you need to take a break. There will be comfy seating, including bean bags, and Visual Stories will be available. You can return to the theatre when you are ready – trained staff are available to assist as required.

To ensure COVID safety, sensory items and earmuffs will only be available upon request. We encourage audiences to bring their own items that will help make you feel comfortable in the theatre, such as headphones, fidget toys etc.

You can take your headphones and your tablet into the theatre to assist with communication. We just ask that you please inform the ushers beforehand. We also recommend that you are mindful of the people around you whilst using a tablet, and limit its use throughout the performance so that it is not too distracting to others.

Yes, we will have a number of highly trained Front of House staff available both in the foyer and in the theatre who will be able to assist you at any time.  
The food and drink policy varies from production to production but, generally speaking, cold drinks in plastic, cold food and confectionery are allowed inside. Hot drinks, with lids attached, are permitted for some productions, but hot food cannot be taken into the venue.

Please check with our staff when you visit.
Please call 1300 182 183.
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