From the Life of Pippa Blog.
Ever since I started theatre blogging and my chronic illness-friendly reviews, I’ve had messages asking about how I book my access tickets and ensure my needs are met. It’s one of those things that I’ve been doing for so long now that it’s become second nature, so these questions really made me take a step back and think about how the process could seem to somebody new to the theatre scene.
I’d hate to think of anybody missing out simply due to not knowing where to start, so today, let’s talk about access tickets, the booking process, and what adjustments could potentially be made for disabled and chronically ill patrons…
SO, WHAT ARE ACCESS TICKETS?
‘Access tickets’ is a general term for tickets exclusively for patrons who may have additional requirements, to help ensure disabled theatregoers are treated equally to their non-disabled peers. As a straightforward example, disabled and chronically ill people may require a companion with them when out and about. In theory, however, that would mean for every show that a disabled patron wanted to see, they would have to purchase two tickets for two seats: one for themselves and one for a companion. And as I’m sure you can imagine, the unavoidable costs can quickly mount up in this way, meaning patrons are essentially being penalised because of their disability.
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