We at Helicon Storytelling believe that stories are for everyone, so storytelling should be too.
We have therefore made a commitment that all our shows will be as accessible as we can make them, within the limitations of our knowledge, budgets and resources.
Our debut show, The Battle of Frogs and Mice was an all relaxed performances run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We also provided an Easy-Read Guide to the show, as well as a ‘quiet-zone’ with comfy chairs away from the action. We allowed audience members to be in the room when we warmed up, giving them the chance to get used to things like the loudness of the music, our appearances etc. This earned us a mention in disabled access review website Euan’s Guide’s Our Top Fringe Picks.
If you’re interested in accessible theatre, we’d recommend checking out the resources sections of companies leading the charge such as Graeae or Birds of Paradise. Or, if you’re looking for more accessible storytelling, look into The Devils’ Violin, who do BSL interpreted performances. We talked more about this on our blog post as part of our #AccessibilityWeek and you can check out an interview from that week with our Artistic Director, Hayley, at the bottom of this page.
We have lots of ideas on how to make our future shows and performances as inclusive as possible, but we are always open to new ideas and learning about new ways to make our shows accessible. If you are planning on attending any of our events and wish to speak to us about accessibility requirements or have a suggestion as to how we could improve, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do everything and anything we can to ensure you have a wonderful and stress-free time!