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Jane Bates: ‘Tis the season to be jolly

The Christmas pantomime is as traditional as carols by candlelight and Christmas pudding, and everybody should be able to enjoy it, says Jane Bates. 
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The Christmas pantomime is as traditional as carols by candlelight and Christmas pudding, and everybody should be able to enjoy it, says Jane Bates

Our local theatre is putting on ‘relaxed performances’ of their pantomime this season, for people with conditions such as dementia and autism.

There will be no flashing lights or loud noises, and ticket holders can visit the theatre beforehand to familiarise themselves with the surroundings. This brilliant idea, I soon discovered, is becoming increasingly popular in theatres across the country.

As one who, aged 4, ran terrified from a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, I understand how scary theatre can be. I still remember the horror of the papier-mâché colossus strutting on the stage

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