Accessibility at the Edinburgh Fringe

I received this [below]  in an email from the Edinburgh Fringe. Please complete the survey if this affects you and you would like to see improved accessibility. What a positive sign that companies and events are striving for better access in all areas including box office support. All too often a piece of theatre may provide access in terms of Captioning, Sign Language Interpretation and Audio Description, but in-house theatre staff are blissfully unaware of their responsibility to create a welcoming atmosphere for deaf/visually impaired/disabled patrons.

A main reason/excuse for the lack of access is due to cost. As a BSL level 3 communicator I would be willing to promote deaf awareness in the Arts through volunteering to sign shows or support communication at the box office. I’d like to know if deaf theatre goers would welcome this or do you think fully trained MRSLI interpreters should be employed for the job? As a member of an audience what do you expect and are volunteer signers a good first step?

Please comment with your thoughts/theories/queries/requests/ideas  and complete the survey listed in the email below.


Consultation on Access week @ the Fringe

We want to get your perspectives on our proposal to have a week which focuses on issues of access at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We would propose to have more shows with BSL translation, audio description and captioning during this week. We would also to propose to have enhanced communication support available in our box office.


This survey is for people with disabilities, personal assistants and carers. It should take no more than five minutes to complete.


Click here to complete the survey

If you would like a copy of the survey in another format please contact Fiach OBroin-Molloy the Equalities Officer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe office at or on 0131 240 1903.


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