ACCESS

"I was very impressed when looking at your website recently all the information given for those with accessibility considerations" Audience member 2020

"Your access sheet was so detailed that it enabled me to prepare my grandson really well before the show, and consequently he absolutely loved it" Audience member 2021

We believe that the experience of live theatre should be accessible to everyone. Being a site-responsive theatre company means that we use fabulously unique, non-theatre venues, (such as churches, gardens, castles, fields, etc.), to create exciting theatre experiences. However by their nature, age or original use, they may not have been intended for theatre performances and their audiences. Nevertheless we will always seek to ensure our productions are as accessible and as welcoming as possible.

Carers: Registered disabled patrons who are unable to attend without a carer will automatically be offered a complimentary ticket for their essential companion. Please call the Box Office to arrange. GSC Stewards are on hand at every performance to assist patrons to and from their seats.

To enable us to make your experience as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, please call the Box Office on 01483 304384 or email our Front of House team in advance if you have any questions that are not answered below.

Mobility| Audio Description| Relaxed Performances | BSL Interpreted | Content Warnings | Buddy Nights


   MOBILITY 

Please let us know in advance if you or anyone in your party has any physical access requirements, and we will do our very best to help. You can also type these details into a box during the online booking process.

See the Venues & Directions page for nearest Blue Badge Parking

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Racks Close is a former chalk quarry. The area is entirely grassed. There are some slopes and the terrain may be uneven in places. See a 360 degree view of the performance areas (opens in Google Maps)

Wheelchairs: Racks Close does not contain any steps/stairs, however being a former chalk quarry there are a couple of steep grassy slopes. Therefore we would recommend that you visit the venue beforehand to check whether it is completely accessible for your particular needs.

Please note: There will be a promenade element to the show and therefore audiences will not be able to access the main seating area until the performance has started.

Please call the Box Office should you have any further questions or requirements on 01483 304384

The Tempest

This is a part-promenade performance, meaning that for some of the action the audience will move location.

The action will start at the Astolat Pavilion and finish here. There will be a further 5 locations around Stoke Park that you will travel to. Where routes encounter a step or steps, an alternative step-free route will be provided.

Seating in these additional five areas will be provided only for those who require additional support. Otherwise these areas are standing only.

Wheelchairs: Some of the surfaces on the promenade route may feature grass and/or grassy slopes. Therefore we would recommend that you visit the venue beforehand to check whether it is completely accessible for your particular needs.

Non-Promenade Shows: Each of the Saturday matinees will be STATIC shows, taking place entirely at the Astolat Pavilion with no promenade and full seating.


  ASSISTANCE DOGS

Hearing and Guide Dogs are welcome at all performances. Please note that performances can involve loud noises.


   AUDIO DESCRIPTION

The Tempest

Saturday 30 July, 2.30pm (Touch Tour from 1.15pm)

Infra-red headsets provide a private live commentary of the onstage action whilst the dialogue continues live simultaneously. Pre-show notes will be given via the headsets 15 minutes before the show is due to begin.

Our award-winning audio described performances are delivered by the wonderful Kerry Elkins, who has been describing for us since 2013 and travels all over the country describing theatre for the blind and visually impaired.

Register to get the latest updates on our Audio Description service

Here is an example of the description specially recorded for our online production of Henry V in 2021.

TOUCH TOURS are an opportunity for blind and partially sighted patrons to explore the world of the play in advance of the performance.  Our Audio Describer will lead the tour into the performance space and facilitate access to set and scenery, props and costumes, providing in depth information about the visual aspects of the production.  Guide dogs, companions, family and friends are welcome on Touch Tours.

Please state your intention to join the Touch Tour at the time of booking.


   BSL/LIVE CAPTIONING

We regret we are unable to offer a BSL Interpreted or captioned performance this summer.

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In a BSL interpreted performance, a qualified interpreter will stand in a visible position and interpret the spoken and heard elements of a performance into British Sign Language. Watch this introductory video for our recent production of Hamlet for more information.

Please note, due to the variety of our venues, we regret that we cannot offer induction loops.


   RELAXED PERFORMANCES

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday 18 June, 2.30pm

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A relaxed performance is open to everyone and is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, anyone with sensory and communication impairments or learning disabilities. Babes-in-arms and small children are also welcome. We encourage a more casual approach to front-of-house etiquette and audience members are free to move or make involuntary noise if they need to.

A Relaxed Performance Guidance Sheet will be available to download nearer the time. Here's an example of one we wrote for Hamlet

If you have any questions or would like us to send you a copy of the guide in advance, please email us


BUDDY NIGHTS (OR DAYS!)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Tuesday 21 June, 7.30pm
THE TEMPEST - Tuesday 19 July, 7.30pm

A Buddy Night performance will be designated for each production, where we'll reserve a small section of the seating for solo-theatregoers to be able to sit together, chat and share the experience.

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CONTENT WARNINGS

TBC

At GSC we’re passionate about producing classic stories with energy, invention and inclusivity, and because we want you to experience them with the same surprise and excitement as their first audiences did we don’t want to give away any ‘spoilers’ when promoting them. Also, because of how theatre is made, we only finalise all the content and technical elements of the production, including lighting and sound effects, during the final week of rehearsals.

However, we are aware that these plays can depict scenes and characters which may cause distress or trigger challenging emotions for some of our audience members. Therefore we will share on this page information about the themes and the known potential triggers in the production as early as possible.


MENTAL HEALTH

Some mental health conditions can make it difficult for people to attend performances. If, for whatever reason, you feel that there is something we can do to make your time with us easier, please let us know. Email us