Goblin in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre


This Christmas we have a musical adventure for all children aged 3+

  • 16 December 2015
  • The Studio

Relaxed performances are designed to welcome anyone who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. Traditionally this has included people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.

Our first Relaxed Performance was for THE GHOST TRAIN on Tuesday 9 June at 2.30pm and was a resounding success. We hope our next Relaxed Performance will capitalize on this so more people will attend and benefit from this style of performance.

Everyone is very welcome to attend this performance, regardless of whether or not you 'require' the special conditions it will offer. It promises to be an inclusive, enjoyable experience for all. The recommended age for THE BALLAD OF RUDY is 3+.

We will be making small changes to the staging for this performance and there will be a relaxed attitude to noise and movement. The doors to the theatre will be open, allowing people to come and go from the auditorium at any time and we'll have breakout areas in the Great Hall.

Additional resources including visual guides to the theatre and the productions will be available, and each relaxed performance will be followed by the opportunity to stay on for an informal after show discussion.

The relaxed performance of THE BALLAD OF RUDY has been generously supported by Ordinary People, Interesting Lives.


"Hey Reindeer, you got Groove."

In this story Rudy doesn't have a red nose; rather it's his talent for exciting new music that sets him apart from all the other Reindeer. Together with a magical Jazz Penguin he goes on an adventure that teaches him that life isn't about following the herd.

Sing the blues with a Polar Bear, jam with the Puffins and beat-box with an Arctic Fox. It all happens at the North Pole Jazz Lounge. It's gonna be coooool.

An original show featuring live jazz music for children ages 3 and up.

5 stars"Brilliant... there is so much to enjoy in this innovative piece of children's theatre" WhatsOnStage

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATE & TIME: Wednesday 16 December, 11.30am

    TICKET PRICES: All tickets £5

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online



    PRODUCTION RESOURCE: THE BALLAD OF RUDY (Relaxed Performance) Resource

    SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Click here (or the image) to download our Visual Guide


  • Creative Team
  • Writer - Matt Borgatti 
    Director - Andrew Barry
    Designer - Katie Scott
    Composers - Will Dollard, Mary Erskine, David Lydon
    LX and Sound Design - Ali Armstrong

    Story developed by Andrew Barry, Matt Borgatti, Will Dollard, David Lydon and Katie Scott

  • Rudy

    Peter Mooney

    Jazz Penguin / Ol Polar Bear

    Yana Penrose

    Mrs Hoo / Fitz / Nina

    Hollie Cassar

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