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 🙂
As a promenade performance involves the audience moving around it presents some unique challenges to a blind or visually impaired person. One of these challenges is that the person may not know where they are meant to go the solution would be to have a person who is able to guide the person to each location that they need to travel to, or provide a hand rail of some kind that guides people around the performance. Another option that could be in place to overcome this challenge is that information could be sent to the individual beforehand describing how they would navigate to and from each area that they are required to travel to. If there are bigger gaps between scenes this would help the individual a great deal as they would be able to feel confident that they are able to get to the next place with ease. It would also ensure that If they required a guide that the guide had enough time to take them to the next place and that the individual did not miss any of the performance. It would be crucial that the performance is audio described which will describe any visual elements of the show to the individual.