Jan 26, 2018

New Vic - Treasure Island

On Tuesday 23rd January, a large group of students from Class 3.4, 6 & 7 went to the New Vic theatre to see a relaxed performance of Treasure Island. They had a wonderful time and were extremely well behaved. On their return, the classes have all taken part in guided writing exercises to write a letter of appreciation to the theatre. I thought parents might find it interesting to read what they have said – not only does it illustrate how much they enjoyed the trip but also the good manners of our students and their growing vocabulary


Dear Kay,


We want to thank you for letting us come to New Vic Theatre and we had a very exciting and fun time. We found the performance of Treasure Island entertaining and exhilarating. We liked the sound effects, music and projections and the quick pace of the action. The atmosphere was wonderful and we had a swashbuckling time.

The staff at the theatre were kind, thoughtful and helpful. We really liked how the actors introduced the characters and the story as well as the stage effects. It was helpful for us to know that the actors would be running around. We also enjoyed the dancing and the music but the pots and pans were our favourite. The fighting scenes were very energetic and the slow motions made them seem so real. Everyone was so talented and could multitask – singing, dancing, acting and playing instruments! We loved the costumes especially the tropical birds.

The front of house staff were especially kind and thoughtful and we want to say a big thank you to everyone at the New Vic Theatre.



        The pupils and staff at Blackfriars Academy Classes 3, 4, 6 & 7


There were two reasons why we were able to take so many students to the performance – the first was because our very generous friends at Stantons of Stoke donated the bus and driver for the trip. The second was because it was a relaxed performance enabling students with all different needs to engage with the trip. 

These performances are becoming increasingly common and are well worth looking out for.

What is a relaxed performance?

Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment; those who might be anxious about attending the theatre, those with autistic spectrum condition as well as those with a sensory and communication disorder or learning disability.