Family shows for children with special needs and disabilities

We love working closely with children and their families, creating fun sensory shows and tailor-made activities, which are accessible for everyone. Check out our latest family shows for children with special needs and disabilities or contact us for more details about our FREE theatre familiarisation sessions.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – THE PANTO

A MAGICAL MULTI-SENSORY PANTOMIME FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

A traditional Christmas pantomime tale accessible to all (ages 0-adult)

Head2Head Sensory Theatre returns this winter with a new multi-sensory Christmas pantomime – Beauty and The Beast created especially for children with special needs (SEND) and disabilities but accessible to everyone.

Join Belle, Hettie Harpic the Housekeeper and Fairy Fifi as they encounter the Beast!  Stir up a stew, gad around a garden, feed some chickens, dabble in decorating, battle evil sprites, save the Beast before the last petal falls and much much more. 

Enjoy a storyline filled with sensory moments, songs and silliness, led by Head2Head’s professional cast, experienced in performing for children with special educational needs (SEND).

All shows are Makaton signed and there is a Chill-Out Zone available for anyone requiring a break.

Times: 11:15am & 2pm

Cost: Tickets are priced from £5 per person (which includes an advance show pack)

Venues:

Grove Park School, Crowborough on Saturday 26th Nov 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School,  Horsham on Sunday 27th November 2022

Heritage House School, Chesham, Bucks on Saturday 3rd December 2022

Manor Mead Special School in Shepperton, Surrey on Sunday 4th December 2022

Manor Green College, Ifield, Crawley on Sunday 11th December 2022

the cornerHOUSE, 116 Douglas Road, Surbiton on 17th December 2022

St Lawrence Church Hall,Browns Lane, Effingham on 18th December 2022

Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre, Aylesbury on Monday 19th Dec

More dates will be added soon.  For more information email reception@h2hsensorytheatre.com


Beauty & the Beast Panto – Grove Park 26th Nov




Beauty & the Beast Panto – QE11 School 27th Nov 2022




Beauty & the Beast Panto – Heritage House School 3rd Dec




Beauty & the Beast Panto – Manor Mead 4th Dec




Beauty & the Beast Panto – Manor Green College 11th Dec 2022




Beauty & the Beast Panto – the cornerHOUSE 17th Dec




Beauty & the Beast Panto – St Lawrence Church Hall 18th Dec




Beauty & the Beast Panto – Quarrendon and Meadowcroft 19th Dec



With thanks to the following Foundations, Clubs and Councils for their support with funding for our christmas panto:

Lions Clubs:  Cranleigh, Horsham, Farnham and Billingshurst
Rotary Clubs:  Teddington, Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden
Farnham Hedgehogs, Rectory Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, St. Faiths, Douglas Arter,
Billingshurst Parish Council, West Sussex CC, East Sussex CC,
The Fence Club, Farnham Institute, Tesco (Bags of Help), Waitrose

FAQ

Below is a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions about shows for children with special needs. We hope you find them helpful. If you need further information, please contact us. 

KEEPING YOU SAFE 

To continue to keep our families, carers and staff safe and provide the very best experience, we have implemented a number of important measures to reassure and protect everyone who visits Head2Head Sensory Theatre. These measures are implemented in accordance with the current advice and guidance from UK and local Government and will be continually reviewed

All persons attending, working and volunteering at a performance are advised not to attend if they are experiencing Covid symptoms

Actors take a lateral flow test the night before the performance

Hand sanitiser gel will be provided

If possible, please consider wearing masks when in a confined space

Where possible, surfaces will be sanitised

Finally, please respect other patrons, keeping your distance where you can. If you would like to discuss in more detail or have any feedback following your experience, please email reception@h2hsensorytheatre.com

DO I HAVE TO BOOK? 

We do encourage you to book in advance as we keep the audience numbers small and have a maximum capacity.  If you wish to walk-in on the day please telephone to check availability (01372 278021). Please note we cannot guarantee admittance after the performance starts

IF I TURN UP TO A SHOW WITHOUT BOOKING, CAN I PAY BY CARD? 

No, we cannot accept card payments at a show. However, we can take your details and will ask for payment at a later date

WHAT AGE ARE THE SHOWS SUITABLE FOR? 

Shows are suitable for all ages. We ask for the age(s) of the participants before a show which helps us personalise the experience for them. We do ask that all children and young adults with special needs are supervised throughout the performance

IS IT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE? 

Yes! All the venues are chosen carefully to ensure complete inclusion. This means venues are wheelchair accessible and often have a Hygiene Room and/or hoist and changing facilities suitable for those in a wheelchair and other disabilities and special needs. Please email to enquire about individual venues

ARE THERE FLASHING LIGHTS, STROBES AND SMOKE? 

There will be a smoke machine used at one brief moment during the show

DO ADULTS HAVE TO PAY/ARE CARERS FREE? 

Everyone attending Head2Head Sensory Theatre needs to buy a ticket. As a charity, we try to keep our charges to a minimum as we want everyone to be able to enjoy the magic of theatre. To make this as simple as possible, we charge a flat admission fee per person attending. If you are making a group booking, please email us first to discuss requirements. Children under 2 are FREE OF CHARGE

I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY TICKET? 

Please note we do not issue tickets. If you did not receive your confirmation email, please check your junk and spam folders. During busy periods, it can take up to 72 hours to receive your booking confirmation. If, after this time, you still do not see your confirmation email, please contact us at reception@h2hsensorytheatre.com

WHAT HAPPENS AT A SHOW? 

  • This is a sit-down pantomime with audience seating facing a performance space and sets.  However, if your child likes to move around during performances, this is not an issue.  All we ask is that should your child go behind the sets, then they are retrieved as there could be trip hazards.
  • The performance will last approximately 60 minutes, with no interval.
  • There are opportunities for some children to take part during the performance.  An actor might approach a child before the performance starts to make an offer to join in and dress up as a character. Please do not worry about declining.
  • There will be multi-sensory moments offered by the actors during the performance for audience members to experience.  Should your child feel anxious about an actor’s approach, then feel free to put up your hand in a ‘stop’ sign and the actor will keep away until you signal them to return.
  • If your child is anxious about noise levels during the performance, then they might like to visit the Chill-Out Zone and return after a while.

We also send a resource pack a week before the show packed full of information, puzzles, song lyrics, crafts and other activities to help make the experience as fun as possible. We also share with you a social story so your child knows what to expect at the show. Songs from the show are available to purchase on a USB for £5 inc postage & packing

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS? 

Take as many photos as you like of the actors, props and stages and, of course, your own children and wards but we kindly ask that you respect others’ privacy and do not take photos that identify other patrons. Please share your photos with us too! We love photos. When sharing on social media please remember to tag us @h2htheatre and use the hashtag #h2htheatre

CAN I BRING A BAG AND FOOD AND DRINK?

We do not provide lockers so please expect to keep your belongings with you during a performance. You may also bring your own food and drink to enjoy a picnic before or after a show depending on the session you booked. We politely ask that you do not eat NUT products inside venues please and take all rubbish home with you

ARE TICKETS REFUNDABLE? 

Tickets are non-refundable. However, should you be unable to attend for any reason, tickets can be exchanged for another performance, subject to availability. Please email us. In the unlikely event that Head2Head Sensory Theatre have to cancel a show, we will let you know as soon as possible and offer a refund or invitation to another performance.

Head2Head Sensory Theatre is a registered UK charity providing multi-sensory theatre experiences and shows to young people with special educational needs and learning disabilities

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Charity Registered in England and Wales: 1161873
Registered address: Drewshearne Barn, Crowhurst Lane End, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 9NT