Disabled Access Weekend at Bristol Old Vic: Looking to the future

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Every Arts location should be open to all. Open to explore, experience, and enjoy.

That’s why at Bristol Old Vic, as we venture towards the reopening of our exciting new Front of House space in 2018, we are continuing to keep the importance of accessibility at the forefront of our minds.

Having a 250 year old building certainly comes with its set of challenges when looking at accessibility, so we endeavour to ensure that all customers and audience members have a stress-free experience with us – from booking and general enquiries, through to their visit.

In the coming year, our website will be given a bit of a spring clean, but we still have plenty of info right at the touch of the button that could make your trip easier, and something that we are proud to continually add to and update.

Currently, the accessibility page of our website has info on seating, dates and details of specific access performances, and the logistics of visiting us. We are also working on a step count, photos that will show the route around our space, and hopefully some videos that might help familiarise you with the venue before you come along.

We have a dedicated mailing list to keep you updated on all our access performances as well as some extra tit bits about the work that we create and perform here. Additionally we have a dedicated access email address to contact, should you have any queries of your own.

Further to this, we are keen to take advantage of the opportunities we have to engage with you, our audiences, on a more regular basis.

Therefore, this weekend (9-11 Mar) and in support of Disabled Access Weekend, we are excited to offer you the chance to come and talk with us, and find out more about what we are working towards.

At 12.15pm on Sat 11 Mar, our Chief Executive, Emma Stenning, will be talking about the final stage of our redevelopment, our plans for the new Front of House areas and how we are approaching its accessibility to customers. This is an open talk and free to anyone who wants to come along. This talk will be held in the Backstage Bar of Bristol Old Vic, accessed via the Rackhay (BS1 4HJ). The talk will last approx. 20 mins and other staff with be free to chat with until 2.30pm.

Following the talk, our BSL matinee performance of Junkyard starts at 2.30pm. Tickets for Access Customers are £10 each and companions go free. You can book your place by visiting our Box office or giving us a call on 0117 9877877.

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