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Coliseum named as one of the most accessible theatres in the North

We’re very proud to have been named as one of the most accessible theatres in the North in a new feature by TickX.


“Accessibility is gaining momentum in the theatre world. More performing arts companies and venues are addressing the need for inclusive programming and improved facilities to make theatre available to more communities. Some theatres have adapted their interiors to promote mobility and provided access services in the form of relay rooms or infrared sound and loop systems. Others have focused on diversifying their listings with captioned or signed performances scheduled in … Similarly, companies have arguably become more astute and creative in gearing performances towards various disabilities, with audio-descriptions, captioning and relaxed viewings. 

The accessibility of a venue doesn’t just entail its physical state or programming. The theatre experience begins with researching plays and booking tickets, which is often done online nowadays. Many charities and organisations now recognise the need for a theatre’s website to be more accomodating for people with disabilities. 

“Take a look at our pick of some of the theatres believed to be among the most accessible in the north:

Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

A Victorian theatre positioned in Oldham in Greater Manchester, the Coliseum has long been at the heart of local theatre-goers. It showcases a range of genres when it comes to performances including a reputed annual pantomime beloved by families each year. When it comes to accessibility, the Coliseum declare that they are committed to being an accessible venue to all visitors. The website illustrates its objective by providing clear information on many areas related to the theatre visit – from making bookings to accessible transport. Visitors can find an Infrared Assisted Listening System as well as a Loop System, where the use of both are clearly explained on the site and there are many seats available with these options. While the current building presents some challenges due to its age, the team are working alongside Oldham Council to produce a new theatre close by that  has accessibility at the core of its planning.

  • Infrared Assisted Listening System
  • Loop system
  • Captioned performances
  • BSL performances
  • Audio Described performances
  • Dementia Friendly performances
  • Relaxed performances
  • Relay screen in additional room
  • Large print brochure
  • Audio CD brochure
  • Touch Tour

Kevin Shaw, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, commented “The Coliseum provides excellent quality theatre and opportunities to participate in the performing arts for all people from Oldham. Inclusivity and care four our audiences is a priority across the entire company, and alongside our access performances, the Coliseum also provides Dementia Friendly Workshops. We were thrilled to be amongst the first national cultural organisations to adopt the Family Arts Campaign’s new Age Friendly Standards in summer 2017, providing specific guidance on welcoming older visitors who may have complex needs. The theatre is also a Disability Confident Committed organisation, and we’re working towards being accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.”

Read the full article online here.



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