September 6, 2017

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Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald, Aberdeen – is calling for more pantomime performances to be Autism Friendly.

He told The Extra that there are an estimated 50,000 people in Scotland who are on the autistic spectrum.

“This highlights why we need mor autism-friendly shows to allow all families across Scotland to be able to celebrate the festive season by attending a pantomime.”

McDonald campaigns on Autism issues in Scotland.His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen is currently hosting an autism friendly production of Cinderella and McDonald hopes that other venues will follow their lead.

The show is designed for people on the autistic spectrum, who have learning disabilities, communication and sensory disorders

Elaine C Smith, actress and comedienne who is taking part in the autism friendly performance of Cinderella in Aberdeen has an autistic nephew and backs McDonald in his campaign.

The Extra reports that the show will be very informal with subdued lighting and sound. There will also be support for anyone who becomes anxious or distressed during the performance.

Smith said in The Extra article:

“I was delighted when I saw that this show was taking place, and I think it is a fantastic idea.

The Full article in The Extra can be read here

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