For this year’s pantomime helping the Unity Players are performing Alice in Wonderland and the have arranged a special accessible performance on the opening night.
Whilst disability awareness is on the rise and accessibility is improving, too often disabled individuals, particularly those who use a wheelchair, are forced to sit at the side of performances and events. Bath Unity Players are hoping to change this by removing the entire front block of seats at their performance of Alice in Wonderland on the 4th January. This area will then be clear for multiple wheelchair users and their friends and family.
Chairman Katrina Cowie said
“We got this idea from chatting with the Jessie May Trust who we supported last year. The staff at Jessie May said that they would love to bring their children to a pantomime but that many theatres simply don’t have enough space for all the children in wheelchairs to attend together. It was also apparent that many families can’t enjoy an evening out together because of the restrictions on wheelchair “spaces”. We had a chat about it and decided that we could change that! We’re very much hoping this evening can become a regular feature of our productions in the future and that other groups may follow suit”
Bath Unity Players have been performing since 1944 and their panto last year, “Sleeping Beauty”, was nominated for NODA’s Best Pantomime award. This year’s panto, “Alice in Wonderland”, is traditional family entertainment with all the colourful larger-than-life characters you’d expect to see; audience participation and calling out is wholeheartedly encouraged – oh yes it is!!
Alice in Wonderland will be performed at Kingswood School Theatre in Bath, from the 4th to the 8th January 2017. Unity are adjusting their seating for the opening night (Wednesday 4th) to ensure that they can accommodate groups with requirements for multiple wheelchair and carer spaces, and ensure a more central view.
They would love to make this evening special for everyone, including children and adults with additional needs so please do let them know if there is anything else they can do to make you or your group feel welcome. Characters will be mingling with the audience after the show to meet the children and pose for any selfies!
Tickets are £10 (adult) and £8 (concession) with group discounts available and additional early bird discounts if tickets are booked before the end of October.
The performance on the 4th January will start at 7.15pm and parking will be available outside the theatre for blue badge holders. Non-blue badge holders will be able to drop off at the door and park nearby.
If you would like to join Unity for this very special evening, please call their Ticket Secretary on 07874349587 or email .uk to reserve tickets or discuss any additional requirements.