Firstly, loving the ask a Yak video – it’s fab.
Secondly, I am working on a production that is outdoor and promenade. It’s wheelchair accessible but we want to make it accessible to people with mobility issues that aren’t wheelchair users and would love to hear your thoughts. During the performance the audience move around so there is no one space where we could put a chair that would give you a consistently good view. Any thoughts or ideas welcome 🙂
Hello Leonie! I’m Elliot from YAC 🙂
The route would have to be level access as much as possible, with clearly defined rest stops along the way. Terrain would also have to be considered to facilitate the motion of those using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.
The route should also be clearly stated both before booking of the performance, and if possible once again before the performance itself. There should be access to an accessible bathroom either at the beginning or end of the performance.
Any hazards – ground water, wires, large inclines etc. should be minimised as much as possible, and preferably negated entirely.
The pacing of the promenade needs to consider that people have differing speeds of motion, if the performance is usher-led all ushers need to be informed that those with differences in their motion may take longer than expected. If the performance is timed, then extra time should be allocated to consider these differences.
Hope this answers your question!