I’m Siân and this is Access Theatre. A blog about theatre from a disabled/ chronically ill perspective. Including reviews of shows I see and venues I visit. Ultimately trying to break down the barriers that can make theatre seem and actually be inaccessible to a wide range of people from wheelchair users to people on the autistic spectrum. And if as a consequence more people get to experience the magic of theatre and feel safe and welcome there then I’ll be delighted.
To give you a little bit of background as to why is this important to me. I’ve been going to the theatre for the majority of my life and at age 14 I decided that’s the direction in which I wanted my life to go. Theatre workshops, summer schools, ushering, shadowing, a degree in theatre and performance all lead on to a place on a stage management Masters degree and feeling the happiest I have probably ever felt. Until a tiny tick royally messed things up and I was diagnosed with Lyme disease (eventually.) You can learn more about Lyme disease in this post https://access-theatre.co.uk/2017/08/31/i-have-lyme-disease/ Since then my relationship with theatre has been fraught. At first, it felt too upsetting. I guess that’s the problem when your passion is also your work but hey it eventually led me here. Then it felt like such a faff, an access gamble and a financial risk if I was too unwell to actually go. But the bug, that love for theatre burst out of the box I’d tried to file it away in. With some help from my local theatre, Theatr Clwyd.
And that’s transpired into a drive to make theatre more accessible, welcoming and safe for its audiences and workers, consequently ensuring more people get to enjoy it.
So welcome and I hope you enjoy my content.