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 🙂
Hi Leonie, I’m Jack the YAC
Firstly in regards to location of the promenade performance one must identify any physical or environmental barriers that may prevent audience members with mobility issues from participating and in turn correct them. For instance, if the performance is outside in a wood or park the ground underfoot may be uneven or slippy. This may be an obstacle for wheelchair users or people that use sticks or crutches. By using ramps and panels to flatten the surface this will improve the accessibility of the performance. In instances where there may be slippy surface, you could lay down matting to add more grip.
The nature of promenade performance could be tiring for those with mobility issues. So it would be beneficial to provide seating at fixed points of performance and indeed throughout to ensure that people can rest. If fixed seating is not possible, then maybe you could provide seating that can move with the promenade, like they have in the National Museum of Scotland. In addition, one may need to question how the audience view the performance; will they be taken round in groups or will members be able to go round in a free flow fashion? The latter may be more desirable as individuals with mobility issues could go at their own pace.
Finally, alternative solutions must be made to any part of the promenade experience that could potentially exclude those with mobility issues. Every audience member must be incorporated into the performance.