Jonny Awsum looking forward to a ‘relaxed’ panto performance

Croydon’s family pantomime, Jack And The Beanstalk, which opens its run at the Waddon Leisure Centre next month, will include a “relaxed performance” on Thursday December 14 at 2.00pm.

Gunge: Jonny Awsum, one of the stars of Croydon’s panto

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an autistic spectrum condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

This performance of Jack And The Beanstalk will be adapted in a variety of ways in order to reduce anxiety, to ensure a safe and enjoyable live theatre experience and to make it as accessible as possible to all. There is a relaxed attitude to noise, the lights in the auditorium remain on low throughout the show, sudden loud noises are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point. There will be staff on hand to assist with seating and access around the theatre.

The show, which runs December from 7-31 stars television favourites Jonny Awsum and Paisley Billings.

Awsum, who plays Jack’s hapless and unlucky-in-love brother, Billy Trott, said: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming our audience to the relaxed performance.

“While we’ll be adapting the show to be more ‘relaxed’, there will definitely still be bucket-loads of comedy, fun, songs, glitz and glamour… and no doubt a fair bit of gunge and mess where my character Billy is involved!”

  • Tickets for Jack And The Beanstalk are priced at £16.50 (children and senior citizens), £18.50 (adults), £66.50 (family ticket – 2 children, 2 adults) and are on sale from www.thecroydonpanto.com (times vary, check website).
  • Tickets for schools and clubs (minimum of 10 people) are £12 per head, with every 11th ticket is free. There is a free interval ice cream for every child in the group booking. Call the groups hotline: 01494 917519 by November 10.

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