Harlequin Film Club Launch Day
I’m delighted to announce that on 21st January we’ll be launching a brand new autism-friendly cinema club at the Harlequin Theatre & Cinema in Redhill.
Our brilliant characters will be there between 9am and 12 noon along with lots of information about what we do and stalls selling some great pocket money items.
Families will be able to sign up for free tickets to all autism-friendly screenings and once you’re on our database, we’ll let you know about them in advance so you don’t miss any.
We’re hugely grateful to the Community Foundation for Surrey who’ve sponsored the first year of the club with a very generous grant.
As a result we’ve been able to donate a custom-designed sensory area which will be available in a separate room for anyone who’s finding the screening a bit much, and you’re welcome to use it to cool down then return to the film as often as you like.
You can join the club now by completing this form Harlequin Cinema Club Application Form and e-mailing it to [email protected] or handing it in at the Harlequin’s Box Office.
Autistic people will receive free tickets directly from us (via the Box Office) and their companions can sign up to the Harlequin’s Essential Companion Scheme which means any adult can attend for free with a disabled person. To get free companion tickets you’ll need to fill out the form and return it to the Box Office. Full details here: http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/your-visit/accessibility/
Guidelines for the club are as follows:
Children & vulnerable adults attending the club must be supervised by their designated carer at all times
Audience members are not permitted to touch the cinema screen at any time
We have a fully equipped sensory area available to all club members. It includes a black-out sensory den, various toys and fidgets, colouring pages and single-use ear plugs which are all free of charge
Any children or vulnerable adults considered to be causing a disturbance will be asked to leave the screening and visit the sensory room until they are able to re-join the performance calmly. This includes running around the theatre, touching the screen, making excessive amounts of noise and harassing other audience members
A relaxed performance is an opportunity for autistic children & vulnerable adults to learn what is expected of them at a theatre or cinema performance. Carers are asked to respect the experience of other audience members and ensure adequate supervision to avoid disruption to the performance
As with all theatre and cinema showings, relaxed performances are not suitable for very young children
The showing on the 21st is Storks, a great family film starring Kelsey Grammer and Jennifer Aniston. Full details here: www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/whats-on/on-screen/Autism-Friendly-Storks/
Looking forward to seeing you all there.