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The Jungle Book – Relaxed Performance Review

On 14 January Tenfold was lucky enough to be invited to the Relaxed Performance of The Jungle Book at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Angela, ampoule Max, (our Leeds Trinity University Placement student) and I were also joined by Paul Scholey and Claire Watmore, our colleagues from Morrish Solicitors, and the sponsors of the Award for Innovation which West Yorkshire Playhouse won for their relaxed performances at the Tenfold Awards in June 2013.

The Quarry Theatre was absolutely packed with people of all ages and abilities. The atmosphere was electric, as the audience waited for the show to start and the anticipation was added to by the sounds of the jungle being played in the theatre.

Most of us may only be familiar with the Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book, so this was a great opportunity to see Rudyard Kipling’s original take on the tale, which focuses on the collision between the human and animal world.

The Relaxed Performance was amazing and hugely enjoyed by everyone, including a large number of carers and supporters. The cast themselves, said it was unlike any experience they’d ever had as they could see the audience reactions as the lights were kept up in the auditorium. The variety of action and humour made it suitable for both children and adults.

This was a great trip all round. With spectacular costumes, witty gags, great music and lots of audience participation. There was something for everyone and even a chance to meet the actors when the performance was over.

The show was fantastic and it was a great opportunity to experience first hand what the provision of Relaxed Performances means to people who would otherwise find it impossible to go to the theatre.

It could be you
So if you’ve never been to a Relaxed Performance, but have thought about it, make sure you go! It really does make going to theatre accessible to all.

Details of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s forthcoming productions are available on their website, with news about future Relaxed Performances coming soon for details visit

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