Speaking as someone who has worked in London theatre, I applaud steps big theatres like the Old Vic and the Royal Court have taken to improve accessibility. Yet it is important to pay tribute to smaller venues with a big part to play in improving accessibility, and fringe theatre getting in on the act is most welcome.
Not all the 13.9 million people with a disability live in London. The 120,000 living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) are spread across the country and a survey of British Polio Fellowship members revealed accessibility is a key concern. The ability to access entertainment is a big part of that when many of us face difficulties getting out and about.
Accessibility can cost money smaller venues don’t have but a bit of understanding goes a long way and people engage when you strive to do the right thing. It’s good to talk and a chat is the best route to accessibility on a budget, without theatres – fringe or famous – needing to take a haircut to afford it.
The British Polio Fellowship continues to support those who had Polio and the 120,000 in the UK who now live with PPS. If you want to know what we think about accessibility or if you need our support, call us now on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship