Relaxed Performances and additional needs



What is a Relaxed Performance?
Everyone is welcome to attend a Relaxed Performance. The informal atmosphere can be particularly suitable for audiences with sensory sensitivities, autism, dementia, or anyone who might find it challenging to be in a conventional theatre environment.

You’ll see the same show, with small adjustments in the auditorium. Bright lights and loud sound effects may be toned down or removed. Lights will remain on low in the auditorium so that you can come and go during the performance as you need, using our foyer to take a break if you like.

Click here to see our accessible performance diary 


The Watermill Social Story
You can download this visual resource for children and adults with Autism Spectrum conditions and other learning disabilities. This resource is intended to prepare any visitors for a new experience and help them to become familiar with the surroundings and situation prior to their visit.


Download our Visual Story  (PDF)

Download our Visual Story for The Jungle Book  (PDF)


You might also find these tips from West Berkshire Autism Team useful. 


Familiarisation visits
If you have not come to The Watermill before, you might like to contact the box office to arrange a time when it is less busy to have a look around and get your bearings.