I’ve done a few posts now listing accessible performances however I thought it might be useful to do a post explaining what is meant by the term “accessible performance” or “assisted performance” (which you might hear instead). In this post, I’ll try to give a deeper understanding of what makes a performance accessible, what different types of accessible performance there are, what is meant by … Continue reading What are accessible performances?
When I stumbled across a promotional video for new play All in a Row it took me a good while to lift my jaw off the floor and its effect has been nagging me ever since. All in a Row is a play written by Alex Oates and directed by Dominic Shaw, which starts previews at the Southwark Playhouse tomorrow. It’s a play about: A … Continue reading All in a Row and the issue of Representation
Yesterday was Time to Talk day an initiative by the mental health charity Time to Change to open up conversations about mental health and how we’re feeling. Whilst personally, I think that every day should be a ‘time to talk’ day or ‘mental health day’ because talking about our mental health or just being honest about our feelings is imperative I know that concepts like … Continue reading Theatre and Mental Health
After talking about reasons why theatre can be inaccessible in my last post it’s great to be able to talk about a positive initiative that’s encouraging theatres across Wales to be more accessible and inclusive in this post. I was lucky enough to sit in on a training session with Taking Flight theatre company at Theatr Clwyd recently and learn more about how they are … Continue reading D/ deaf Awareness training with Taking Flight
I think by now you’ve realised that making theatre accessible is important to me, I did start a blog about it after all! But in case you need a little reminder, take a gander at my Why is accessible theatre important? post or Welcome post. Whilst on this blog, where I can I want to celebrate and shout about the good work that theatre companies … Continue reading What makes theatre inaccessible? Part 1
What better way to start off on the topic of access and particularly accessible theatre than to discuss why it’s important? Put simply because all accessibility is important! In fact, it’s a matter of the law, which is presently covered by the Equality Act 2010 and states that reasonable adjustments must be made to ensure accessibility. However, the majority of us disabled people know that … Continue reading Why is accessible theatre important?
Performance Live: Me, my mouth and I is a BBC documentary that was shown on BBC Two and can be seen on iPlayer for the next 5 days (from the time this post was published). It follows the rehearsal process for Jess Thom’s, (also known as Tourettes Hero) performance of Samuel Beckett’s Not I at Battersea Arts Centre. Whether the play is to your … Continue reading Me, my mouth and I and a discussion about accessible theatre
© Access Theatre [Image description: photo of The Great Gatsby flyer, ticket and vintage pearls against a backdrop of navy fabric covered in silver sequins} When I heard that my local theatre (Theatr Clwyd) was doing a production of The Great Gatsby I got really excited but then as I read more and found out that this Alexander Wright adaptation was going to be an … Continue reading Can immersive theatre be accessible? My review of Theatr Clwyd and Guild of Misrule’s co-production of The Great Gatsby