Further British sign language panto dates announced for Cast

Becky Barry, the BSL actor and signer from last years pantomime
Becky Barry, the BSL actor and signer from last years pantomime

Cast in Doncaster has just announced that it is to present for the second year running its ground breaking fully British sign language integrated pantomime.

With two relaxed performances, fully accessible public spaces and a changing places room, 24 thousand deaf, disabled and non-disabled people are expected to come together to share in a magical family tradition from December 1 to 31.

The Doncaster theatre, which saw more than 90 thousand people pass through its doors last year, became the first UK theatre to present a fully BSL integrated commercial pantomime in 2016.

This year’s panto Beauty and the Beast, which opens on December 1 will also be fully BSL integrated and, as a result, thousands of people can enjoy their annual festive tradition together as a family – and not just on a quiet weekday matinee.

This year the venue is also presenting two Relaxed Performances (December 14 and 29) open to anyone who might benefit from adapted lighting and sound levels or space to move around the auditorium during the performance, particularly those with autism and learning disabilities.

Cast also boasts Yorkshire’s only fully accessible Changing Places theatre toilet with a ceiling track hoist and height-adjustable adult sized changing bench. Featuring plenty of space to accommodate a disabled person and up to two carers, this well thought-out facility ensures disabled or older people and their families can enjoy a night at the theatre in comfort with one less thing to worry about.

Doncaster is a borough where levels of disability and work limited illness are 23 percent higher than the UK average, and the largest deaf community outside London. Cast’s pantomime is accessible for a diverse range of disabilities and this progressive venue also considers the high cost of having a disability, by subsidising free carer tickets and offering discounts for disabled people on every ticket.

Cast’s house manager Tommy Savage said: “It’s the attention to detail which I think sets us apart as the gold standard for accessibility in theatre. No other theatre in Yorkshire offers what we do and that’s something special to shout about. What’s amazing is that we’ve seen people travel from all over the country to see our pantomime because it means families can share a magical family treat on the same terms with their loved ones. It’s all about giving people the dignity and equal opportunities they deserve, so if you’re deaf, or disabled, or you’re not disabled, you can be confident that Cast can support your needs.” Tickets from £16 call 01302 303 959.