of King Arthur’s Night
June 18, 2 pm
The Relaxed Performance is offered to all patrons who would benefit from a more relaxed environment; those with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability and/or an Autistic Spectrum Condition are especially welcome.
Adaptations to the performance include house lights kept on low, adjustments to volume and special effects in the performance, and a relaxed attitude amongst audience, staff and performers to noise and movement around the theatre during the show.
A full visual story will be available two weeks before the performance. A quiet area will be available for those who need to leave their seats before or during the performance.
Please be aware that loud noises will occur during this Relaxed Performance. For patrons, who are disturbed by loud noises, we offer the option of following along with an "headphone interpreter". The interpreter will be sitting to the right of the stage or stage left in the theatre. The interpreter will signal to patrons when a loud noise is about to occur, by putting on a set of head phones. The patron will then have time to put on their own set of headphones (or ear muffs) so the volume of the potentially disturbing noise is reduced. Please note that patrons must bring their own noise reducing headphones.
Interview with co-creator and performer Niall McNeil
Interviewed by Neworld Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Haberlin
N: I like King Arthur because he’s strong. Respectful. And he sounds harsh. Harsh is kind of when he’s upset ... why he’s upset because Mordred his son is trying to destroy his kingdom. I like little parts of Mordred, not the war. I like Lancelot ... ‘Hello! Bonjour!’. Like he comes from France. He speaks French. There’s a scene of Arthur and Lancelot and Lancelot has an affair with Guine- vere ... And that’s why Arthur is harsh ... My production is going to have fog machines.
C: Why fog machines?
N: You heard of a place called Harrison Hot Springs?
C: Yes I have.
N: It’s because we need a fog machine. It’s mineral water. You sit on it. Just soaking your body. It’s going to be in the play. Half the castle is, not the whole castle. I’m going to have a little Gollum, from Lord of the Rings. You know, Gollum?
C: I think that’s a cool idea to do King Arthur, with elements of Lord of the Rings.
N: I like to mix stuff around.
C: What character do you want to play?
N: King Arthur. He was a teenager and he wants to become a king and a knight. He will take the sword out of the stone and there’s going to be like light, light, light. And all of the knights become human. They were goats and then they are human. That’s from my production ... it’s kinda like a big journey to find the grail. A big, long journey.