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‘Open sesame!’ How panto can pave the way for inclusion in theatre

Kempe, A. (2015) ‘Open sesame!’ How panto can pave the way for inclusion in theatre. Drama Research, 6 (1). ISSN 2040-2228 (Article 5)

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This paper examines how ‘relaxed performances’ are being offered by an increasing number of mainstream theatres so children with complex individual needs and their families can enjoy the social and cultural experience of live theatre. The paper explains the origins of the relaxed performance initiative, what such performances entail and how they can contribute to both children’s learning and the cause of social justice. A case study is made of how one medium sized provincial theatre offered a relaxed performance of its annual pantomime in the 2013-14 season and the impact its subsequent 2014-15 production has had on families living with autistic spectrum disorder.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
ID Code:40841
Publisher:National Drama

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