We extend a warm welcome to people who feel overwhelmed by the ordinary cinema environment. These relaxed screenings are open to ANYONE who would benefit from a relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere including (but not limited to) people living with dementia; people with an Autism Spectrum Condition; people with learning difficulties; people with sensory or communication difficulties; parents with young babies; and anyone who feels they would benefit from a more supportive and inclusive experience.

Teresa Price, carer at Davenham Residential Care Home, said: “You can see what it means to the residents to have a day out. It’s a chance to meet new people and to feel part of the world. For some of them it’s the only time the leave the home.”

Susan Tomkins, resident at Bradbury Court, said: “This is wonderful: it’s the first time I’ve been to the cinema in 50 years. The last film I saw at the cinema was Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday. It’s lovely to get out and see something. We liked it so much we’re coming back to go to the pantomime as well. It’ll be my first time in a theatre.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson), Bombalurina (Taylor Swift), Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson), Macavity (Idris Elba), Gus the Theatre Cat (Ian McKellen) and the rest of the tribe gather together at the annual event, each introduces themselves in dramatic and musical fashion, sharing interesting tales of their lives and showing off their unique abilities and special traits.

Every one of them dreams about being chosen to be reborn in the Heaviside Layer, but only one can be picked by Old Deuteronomy.

Judi Dench (Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Philomena), pop superstar Taylor Swift (The Lorax, Valentine’s Day), Jennifer Hudson (Sandy Wexler, All Rise, The Secret Life of Bees), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, The Hustle), Ian McKellen (Beauty and the Beast, X-Men, Lord of the Rings), and Idris Elba (Luther, The Jungle Book, Zootopia) star in this animated adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage production, based on the work of T.S Eliot.

Of course, Lloyd Webber writes the score for this dramatic musical directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

 

 

Cert: U

Running time: 1hr 45mins 

 

During a relaxed film screening:

  • The lights will be on
  • There may be noise and movement
  • Extra staff to help at all times
  • Freedom to come and go as you wish

 

£3.50 (Free Carers bookable via the Box Office 01684 892277)

Wheelchair spaces are limited. Please book in advance and state your requirements if possible.

The Relaxed screenings are possible thanks to funding from The Eveson Charitable Trust, Worcestershire County Council and the Waitrose Community Matters scheme.

 

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