Bosses at one of Scotland’s oldest theatres want to make their shows more accessible for adults and children living with autism.
Horsecross Arts, the organisation that runs Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall, is raising funds for new kit to support audience members who have the developmental disorder.
The group hopes to secure funding via supermarket giant Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative, which offers grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 for local projects.
Shoppers are being asked to vote for the shortlisted local group which they would like to see benefit.
Horsecross said it hopes to introduce free-to-borrow sensory packs, which will make performances more comfortable and enjoyable for people with autism.
Some aspects of shows, such as crowds, lights and even applause, can be overwhelming.
Sensory packs could help people relax with venue guides, fidget toys and ear defenders.
Lauren Oakes, head of creative learning, said: “As an organisation, we are committed to identifying ways to remove barriers to attendance and participation, and making sure visiting our venues is an enjoyable and positive experience for everyone.
“Our autism sensory packs are an important step towards achieving this goal and ensuring equality of cultural opportunity for individuals with autism in our community.”
Voting will continue at Tesco stores in Perth and Scone throughout this month and next. The initiative has delivered more than £63 million to around 20,000 projects throughout the UK.
The Perth Autism Youth Theatre was introduced in 2012, specifically for local youngsters with the condition. The project was the first of its kind in Scotland and was launched in partnership with Perth Autism Support.