January 2018




London - Death Cafe

Starting in January 2018, Larches Community will be holding its first Death Cafe which will then take place monthly.

Date: Last Monday of each month

Time: 6-8pm

Address: Larches House, 1 Rectory Lane, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7LF

At a Death Cafe, people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

A Death Cafe is an open, respectful and confidential space where people can express their views safely.

Booking: linda.edwards@larchestrust.org.uk  or sgreenyer@hotmail.co.uk.


Cardiff - Relaxed Performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

9 January 2018

Time: 6pm

Venue: New Theatre, Cardiff

Email: ntmailings@cardiff.gov.uk

This year the New Theatre is delighted to be offering a Relaxed Performance for children, young people or any patrons with disabilities, additional support needs and those on the autistic spectrum as well as their parents, teahcers or guardians.

At this year's Relaxed Performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs minor sensory adjustments to the production will be made in order for us to cater to an audience who might not feel they can usually come to enjoy a performance at the New Theatre or the magic of pantomime.

The performance is essentially the same show with some small adjustments for your comfort:

Sound levels are reduced
Lighting levels inside the auditorium are increased
No strobe lighting or pyrotechnics are used and some special effecrs are changed
Auditorium doors are left open so you're free to come and go
You can move around during the performance if needed
A chill out zone in the foyer to relax

Tickets for the Relaxed Performance are now on sale and are priced at £16 each, or £13 each if the booking is for a Group of 8 or more, Students, Over 60s, Unemployed People, Disabled People or Claimants.

Free tickers for Personal Assistants/Carers: The New Theatre is part of a Wales-wide scheme called Hynt which offers free Personal Assistants/Carers tickets to enable theatre visits for disabled people. you may be entitled to attend for free when you come to the Relaxed Performance. Detials can be found here: www.hynt.co.uk

to book tickets please call at the New Theatre Box Office or phone 029 2087 8889. Please note that to ensure these tickets are used only by theatregoers who require a Relaxed Performace, they wil not be available via online sales.

A guide to visiting the New Theatre and seeing the show will be available in December after the pantomime has opened. Please provide an email address when you book to ensure it is sent to you.

If you have any questions about the Relaxed Performance, please email ntmailings@cardiff.gov.uk  or call 029 2087 8787.

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, we look forward to seeing you all!


Nottingham - Autism-friendly performance of Beauty and the Beast

Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show. These shows will have had adjustments made in the form of reduction to sound levels, some changes to lighting and loud sound effects and strobe lighting taken out. There will be a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and there will be some designated chill-out areas available. The theatre staff and cast will also have received some training so they have some understanding of autism.

The shows which are listed as 'Relaxed performances' will also include audience members who have other disabilities.

Venue: Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall. Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
Date: Wednesday 10 January 2018, 1.30pm and 7.15pm
Tickets: £12.50

Starring much-loved actress, TV star, presenter, and Nottingham native Sherrie Hewson as Mrs Potty, TV and stage star Ben Richards as the Beast and featuring the welcome return of panto favourites Ben Nickless and Andrew Ryan, this year's panto Beauty and the Beast is the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Experience the magic of the Theatre Royal’s spectacular family pantomime as we join the beautiful Belle who finds herself transported to a spell-bound castle held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart?

The Theatre Royal’s relaxed performances are specially adapted for customers with a wide range of disabilities and for people on the autism spectrum. The performance is essentially the same show with some small changes: the sound levels are reduced, the lights remain on inside the auditorium, there will be no strobe lighting or pyrotechnics used, and the auditorium doors are left open so you’re free to come and go. You can move around during the performance if needed, and there are quiet zones in the foyer areas to relax. All of the above creates a less formal and more supportive atmosphere in which to enjoy the performance.

Tickets and more information.


Leeds - National Autistic Society Conference: Autism and social skills

17 January 2018, Hilton Leeds City

This conference will provide attendees with the tools and strategies to support autistic people at home, in the classroom or in other learning environments.

Featured speakers

Dean Beadle, Journalist and Autism Speaker (TBC)
Siobhan Timmins, Social Stories
The Curly Hair Project
The conference will feature plenary sessions looking at how confusing, unwritten social rules can be anxiety-inducing for autistic people. It will also discuss how to support autistic adults in developing and maintaining successful relationships.

There will also be interactive seminars discussing key issues including:

using language to influence our communication skills
working together to prevent loneliness in ageing autistic adults
developing social skills in the classroom.
With three different seminar streams to choose from, delegates can select the seminars which are most relevant to their work.

Read more about this conference, or register now to ensure your place at this exciting event.


UK - Dimensions Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

Upcoming films

Cineworld host an autism friendly cinema screening on the first Sunday of every month at 11am.

Cineworld’s next autism friendly film screening is Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A) on Sunday 7th January at 11am.


Showcase host an autism friendly cinema screening on the second Sunday of the month at 10am.

Showcase’s next autism friendly film screening is Ferdinand on Sunday 14th January at 10am.


ODEON host an autism friendly cinema screening every month at 10:15am. At a select number of cinemas, ODEON are trialling screenings for older audiences.

ODEON’s next autism friendly film screening is Coco on Sunday 21st January at 10:15am.

ODEON’s next autism friendly films for older audiences at 9 cinemas is The Greatest Showman (PG) on Monday 22nd January at 6pm.

Please note
ODEON Epsom’s autism friendly screenings begin at 11am.
Tickets for the latest releases may come with a small Blockbuster charge of £1, on top of the normal ticket price.


Vue host an autism friendly cinema screening on the last Sunday of every month at 10:15am, from £1.99.

Vue’s next autism friendly film screening is Paw Patrol: Big Screen Tails on Sunday 31st December at 10:15am.

Vue's January film is to be confirmed. Please check the website for updates.

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Check back soon for more great events across the UK!

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