Accessible panto shows for everyone from Derby LIVE

The traditional Christmas pantomime has something to offer the whole family. Accessible performances of Peter Pan at Derby Arena aim to make the magic and mayhem enjoyable for everyone.

Derby LIVE is pleased to offer a range of relaxed, British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted, captioned and audio described performances of the city’s biggest and brightest panto.

Peter Pan brings an awfully big adventure to the Arena stage, perfect for getting everyone in the festive mood. Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy and a very odd looking woman, who refuses to grow up, are in for a high-flying action-packed adventure. The lost boys and musical mermaids take on some very potty pirates and the most dastardly villain of them all – Captain Hook!

Created by Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Productions, the team behind Beauty and the Beast and Jack and the Beanstalk, this new pantomime has spectacular effects, barrel loads of laughs, and jokes to grab you hook, line and sinker.

The purpose-built panto stage and facilities at Derby Arena are fully accessible, and the venue has a changing places toilet.

Relaxed performances offer an enjoyable environment for all, including children, young people and adults with disabilities. The productions are adapted in various ways such as altered sound and lighting effects to make the show more accessible. During the performance there will never be a full black out in the auditorium. There is also a quiet area outside the auditorium which can be used if audience members want to leave the auditorium at any point, where they can relax before they are ready to return to the show.  During a relaxed performance everyone is encouraged to enjoy the show and express their appreciation and there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement. A relaxed performance programme introduces all the areas of the Arena, and what is going to happen in the show, so there are no unwelcome surprises.

Relaxed performances of Peter Pan will take place on Wed 18 Dec at 1.30pm and Mon 30 Dec at 1pm.

Ideal for blind and partially-sighted people, audio description is a form of audio-visual translation, using the natural pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements to insert narrative that explains what is happening on stage. This information is given to audience members through a headset. Free touch tours take place 75 minutes before the performance, with the chance to get up close to the set and costumes and often with a chance to meet some of the actors. Customers should let the Derby LIVE Box Office know if they wish to attend the touch tour. Tickets are free, but should be booked in advance.

Audio described performances will take place on Fri 13 Dec at 7pm, Sat 21 Dec at 1.30pm and Sun 29 Dec at 1pm.

British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances feature a signer at the side of the stage who signs the dialogue from the performance. It is suggested that customers let the Derby LIVE Box Office know when booking where they would like to sit: directly in front of the interpreter or on the opposite side, looking across the stage.

BSL interpreted performances will take place on Thu 12 Dec at 10am, Sat 21 Dec at 6.30pm and Sat 4 Jan at 1.30pm.

During captioned performances words appear on screens either side of the stage at the same time as they are spoken - ideal for those who are deaf, hard of hearing or if you'd just like to read along. Captioned performances will take place on Sun 29 Dec at 1pm and 6.30pm.

Derby LIVE is committed to making every visit as easy and as enjoyable as possible. Derby LIVE’s Sales and Information Centre provides a dedicated access team to provide help and guidance for customer’s bookings. The access hosts will assist with the booking, from getting the right seats that suit customer’s requirements right through to ensuring they are met by access hosts on arrival at the venue. For more information on Derby LIVE’s access hosts visit

Peter Pan will be on stage from Sat 7 Dec – Sat 4 Jan at Derby Arena, with tickets priced from £14.75. To discuss your access requirements and book tickets, call 01332 255800 or visit the Sales and Information Centre at Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby DE1 2FP.

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