Holly Noble Company: Snow

Run away with the circus this festive season...

SNOW: An Accessible Christmas Performance

SNOW director Holly Noble wants to change people’s attitudes towards Ballet, from a dance form often seen as elitist to something to be enjoyed by a wider audience.

SNOW retells the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White set in a Victorian travelling circus using ballet, circus, film and BSL interpretation.

Two ways that the company are working towards this in their run of Christmas productions at Déda are through making all of the performances accessible to deaf audiences and hosting a relaxed performance.

Consultation with Deaf Audiences

At the development stage of the production, the company invited Deaf audiences and a Deaf consultant to feedback on how the performance could be improved.  

In November 2018, the company performed to a group from Sensing Change, a health care provider for people with hearing loss based in Suffolk. Several members of the audience stayed for a feedback session with Holly and a BSL interpreter after the production.

Some audience members commented how useful it was that the dancers were so expressive with their faces.

When discussing captions in the production, one person who was not BSL fluent commenting how useful the captions. Many loved the subtitles that suggested music was playing.  

When asked about why she wanted to make Ballet more accessible, Holly explained that she grew up with classical ballet and wanted to challenge its traditions of a certain body type and ability type. Holly explained how she sees  sign language quite like a form of choreography and that it sits well with the performance and so there is no reason why it can’t be more frequently integrated.

As a final point, the group felt that the performance was great but that it was a shame that it sold out so quickly as not a lot of the Deaf community had a chance to come.

Relaxed Performance at Déda

The relaxed performance for SNOW will take place on Friday 21 December at 11am.

A relaxed performance of SNOW will take place at Déda on Friday 21 December at 11am.

Relaxed performances have some slight adjustments for people who are not used to anyone who might benefit from being in a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people.

In a relaxed performance:

  • The auditorium lights will be on
  • There will be a quiet space where you can relax during the performance
  • You will be allowed to come and go during the performance
  • You can make noises and move during the performance
  • Loud noises will be reduced

Click here to download an easy read invitation to the relaxed performance of SNOW.


Please email us to receive a copy of the Visual Journey of SNOW, with information about what to expect in the production, access at Déda and details of the performance of SNOW.


SNOW presented by Holly Noble Company will be at Déda from Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 December 2018. Click here to book tickets to SNOW.


All performances of SNOW are BSL interpreted and captioned.

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