Introduction to Signdance Collective

British Sign Language Theatre Terminology

Practical Access Tools

How to Rehearse

ABC in Choreography


Students Feedback

Practical Access Tools

This is the transcript for the Practical Access Tools film. All the points raised in the film can be referenced quickly here at your convenience. The points made in the film help to provide a basic picture of how a venue can go about making their space accessible.

Ultimately though, access is often about common sense and forward planning alongside venue users and artists. 

Take five minutes for yourself to think about the various sorts of disabilities that people have and imagine what obstacles having that disability might present and then note down each Disability making as many sub categorical bullet points for each as it occurs as to how you could make your space more accessible.

If there is a disability that you don’t fully understand, do a little research and then think about how you could improve venue access based on your findings.

A lot of access provision can easily transcend functionality and be aesthetically enhanced.

A basic example might be related to improved and innovative use of lighting for visually impaired users resulting in something that everybody can enjoy.

Transcript as follows:

¬†– Make sure that you have access for the Disabled performers. Lifts and ramps, everything that’s needed so that I can get around, thank you.

– Pre-plan with the venues that you are visiting and ask them if they can make sure that the backstage area is clear and well lit.

– Make sure that there is a light on you, So that Deaf people can understand what you are saying with lip reading.

– Work together as a team, in partnership with Disabled people, we’ve got access tools, and we know what we are talking about.

– Tell the venues to clear the corridors and access routes, organise the wires and just light up the space in general.

– Be concise, clear and to the point. Thank you.

– Make sure that the theatre knows that there are Deaf and Disabled artists on their way.

– When we are in a group conversation, theatre, directors notes or whatever. If people are just anywhere in the space, it’s much harder to communicate. But if everyone is in a circle, it means that everyone can see each other, problem solved.

– Maybe organise a tour of the space, backstage areas with the theatre. So that the artists are confident during the day and during the run. Make sure that there are no obstacles or things that people can trip over, you know, stuff like that.

– If Disabled access toilets are used to store things like paint and ladders. Clear it out quickly because people need to use it.