Keswick's Theatre By The Lake has announced a programme of accessible performances for the spring-summer 2023 season, with audio description, BSL and captioning for people with visual and hearing impairment, as well as socially-distanced and "relaxed" performances.
Accessible performances will include season highlights Around the World in 80 Days, The Lost Spells, Blonde Bombshells of 1943 and The 39 Steps.
The company's co-production of Tuning In (June 7-15) will include audio-descriptions and captioning on all performances. The theatre is also partnering with Graeae, perhaps the best-known theatre company dedicated to championing deaf and disabled artists, to present Crips with Chips (March 18), a night of short plays that will be captioned and audio-described.
Audience members are encouraged to tell the theatre about their access requirements in advance by filling out a form on the website here. The theatre will then ensure needs are planned for.
Disabled customers and a companion or carer can request the lowest-available-priced tickets for all TBTL’s own productions, regardless of where they sit in the theatre. For performances by a visiting company, customers have the option of one free ticket for a companion or carer.
An audio-described brochure is available on TBTL’s website, alongside details of the theatre’s access provision for people with disabilities. Large-font and Braille brochures will also be available on request.
TBTL is a dementia-friendly building, with several staff and volunteers trained to asisst. Familiarisation tours and access packs are available for audiences on request.
Artistic director Liz Stevenson explained "We are committed to being a welcoming place for our entire community and are dedicated to supporting new writing and working with deaf and disabled artists.”
Info and ticket information here