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.

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


The Watermill Social Story

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)

Familiarisation visits

If you have not yet visited The Watermill before, you are welcome to book a familiarisation visit. This is an opportunity to look around and get your bearings when the theatre is less busy. If you would like to arrange a visit please contact