‘Liberating’: Accessible shows mean more freedom and choice for theatre fans with disabilities

'Liberating': Accessible shows mean more freedom and choice for theatre fans with disabilities
Elliot Yates, 33, has enjoyed going to the theatre more since shows have been made more accessible for people with disabilities.

It feels “liberating” to access theatre and the arts when inclusion is embraced, says a Wellington man with a disability.

“It makes me feel like I’m part of a wider society, and it has made me aware of a wider artistic world,” says Elliot Yates.

Yates, 33, has cerebral palsy and is Deaf*. He uses a wheelchair and communicates using New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), but says “the only barriers in my way is society which has decided to put barriers up, out of ignorance”.

The most recent show he saw was The Haka Party Incident by the Auckland Theatre Company (ATC) at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland. The venue was accessible with lift access and designated wheelchair spaces, and there were NZSL interpreters interpreting the show. […]

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