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 🙂
I would just like to add that in addition to the accessibility of the route, there are a few other things that it is important to think about when planning a promenade performance.
How does a disabled person know they can take part? – Some disabled people might assume that a promenade performance is not accessible so be clear in your promotional material.
What information is available to me? – Like Amy mentioned, providing as much information before hand is really useful. How long is the route, how level is the route, what is the surface made out of, is any of it outdoors.
What if I don’t hear well? – If the performance is outside, it might make hearing the performance even more difficult, what can be done to ensure people who are hard of hearing are still able to access it. Can they be reserved a space as near to the front as possible?
What if I need BSL? – If the performance is BSL interpreted, how can you ensure that audiences are always able to see the interpreter.
What if I feel uncomfortable or unwell, how do I exit? – Is there a way that people can exit the route half way through if they need to.