Orientation or familiarisation visits are aimed at those with conditions that may cause anxiety ahead of their visit, such as those with an autism spectrum condition. They enable patrons to have a tour of the theatre prior to their visit, ask any questions, and learn a bit more about what they can expect from the theatre environment. They will cover a typical patron’s ‘journey’ from booking and collecting tickets to visiting the auditorium, the bars, chill out areas and accessible toilets. Please note that this is not the same as a theatre tour.
Anyone attending an upcoming performance and who feels they’d benefit from an Orientation Visit can attend or request one – simply contact the venue’s Access Champion ahead of your visit
Orientation Visits are usually organised on an ad hoc basis. The majority of Orientation Visits will be arranged between 10am and 6pm on weekdays. It may be possible to arrange visits at alternative times but if it’s prior to a performance it would mean that other audience members would be in the theatre at that time.