THE Hearing and Mobility Store is supporting Swindon's panto season and helped pay for a specialised toilet for disabled people.

The business which supplies mobility equipment from its stores in Swindon, Wroughton and Marlborough, is backing a relaxed performance of the Wyvern Theatre's pantomime designed especially for those with special educational needs or conditions such as those on the autism spectrum.

This year, the Wyvern is welcoming TV dance sensation Louie Spence and West End star and Six queen Millie O'Connell for 50 performances of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The relaxed performance will begin at 1pm on December 10 at 1pm amd the Mobility Store has part-funded the hire of a Mobiloo from 11.30am. It is a fully attended service with an adult-sized changing bench and a hoist, providing those with disabilities a more accessible and dignified facility than many fixed toilets can offer them.

Store owner Willie McIvor said: “Being comfortable is important at any time and none more so than when at the theatre. We are pleased to help in a small way by supporting the Mobiloo hire.

"Perhaps the prominence and need of the Mobiloo will inspire better accessible facilities in and around Swindon and Wiltshire.”

This performance of Jack and the Beanstalk is open to everyone, but there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and elements of the show will be adapted to suit the setting - for example, the lights will not be fully dimmed, the auditorium doors will remain open and loud noises or ‘scary’ lighting effects may be removed.

There will be alternative activities in the theatre foyers for anyone who wishes to leave the auditorium, and audiences are permitted to bring their own food and drink to avoid any sensory disruption.

Kate Claxton from the Wyvern said: “We’re so pleased to be able to offer this relaxed performance and with the new support from The Hearing and Mobility Store, I’m absolutely thrilled that the Mobiloo will be available for guests too.

"Pantomime is such a fun tradition at this time of year and it’s vital that we make it as accessible as possible for our community. The relaxed performance is also the ideal showing for schools and families of young children who are particularly sensitive to loud noises or who dislike the dark.

"Pantomime is never about sitting still and quiet in your seats, but we appreciate that an even more relaxed attitude during this performance will be a welcome relief for many families and schools.”

Jack and the Beanstalk opens at the Wyvern Theatre this Saturday and runs until January 2.

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