Access

We are committed to making Polka accessible to everyone. Below you will find information about upcoming performances and access facilities at Polka. Access tickets can be booked online for all accessible performances. However, if there are any particular needs you’d like to discuss please contact us on 020 8543 4888 or by   email   and we’ll be happy to help.

See below for our remaining Accessible performances for our Winter Season:

Integrated BSL Performances

In the Winter Wood Sat 19 Jan, 11.05am

Contact our Matthew, our Access Officer via email  or  call 020 8545 8348  for more information.

Polka’s Access performances are supported by: The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund;  The Bellinger Donnay Charitable Trust;  Belvedere Trust;  The Boshier-Hinton Foundation; Chapman Charitable Trust;  Frazer Trust;  The Dorothy Hay-Bolton Charitable Trust;  Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust;  People’s Postcode Trust;  The Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation;  The Thistle Trust;  Bruce Wake Charity.

Integrated BSL Performances

We offer Integrated BSL performances for all Polka  productions on the Main Stage, and some performances in the Adventure Theatre. The interpreter rehearses with the company, meaning they are fully integrated into the action.

A synopsis with pictures from the production and a BSL interpreted introduction is available to download here to help you prepare for the show.

Audio Described Performances

We offer Audio Described performances for Polka productions on the Main Stage. A trained describer commentates on the visual elements of the production to those wearing headsets.

There is a pre-show  Touch Tour of the stage, the set and the actors one hour before every Audio Described performance. Spaces are limited to 20 people per tour, so please book in advance.

A synopsis sound clip is available to download here to help you prepare for the show.

To listen to an Audio Described Building Access Guide  please click here. 

The script of the Building Access Guide is available for download as a word document  here  or as a PDF document here.

Relaxed Performances

We offer Relaxed performances for all Polka productions on the Main Stage, and some performances in the Adventure Theatre. Relaxed performances are specifically tailored to suit families with children who are on the autistic spectrum or have sensory sensitivities. The show is    adapted slightly and there are fewer people in the audience, allowing you to choose where you sit. We lower sound levels and the main lights remain dimmed throughout the performance. There is a designated chill-out space outside the auditorium that  can be used at any time during the show.

A Relaxed Performance Pack, including a synopsis of the show and a picture information strip to help you prepare for your visit, is available to download here. This is designed    to help you better understand the story and to prepare you for what to expect during the performance.  On arrival you will be greeted by our fully trained, friendly Front of House team who are here to support you on your visit.

Captioned Performances

We offer Captioned performances   for Polka productions on the Main Stage.

Captioning is a facility for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audience members. Captioning is the theatre version of subtitles, with the spoken word converted into text and presented on a screen on the side of the stage

Limited Mobility

Polka Theatre has step-free access from street level through the main entrance at the front of the building. Once in, there is step-free access to most parts of the building, including the Adventure Theatre, café, playground, garden and the adapted toilet. There is lift access to the Main Theatre.

There is one wheelchair available for customer use. Please contact Front of House for further information. 

Wheelchair Users

The building has step-free access from street level and power-assisted doors are fitted throughout. Both theatre spaces are wheelchair accessible. The Main Theatre can cater for up to 4 wheelchairs in the front row, to the right of the stage. The Adventure Theatre can cater for up to 2 wheelchairs.

For more information, or to book, please contact the Box Office.

Toilet Facilities

An adapted toilet is located at the rear of the building.

Further Information

Large print publicity materials are available upon request. Please contact Marketing for further information. 

Guide Dogs are welcome at the theatre.

Our Main Theatre is fitted with an induction loop system for hearing aid users.

 

Click here  to download Polka’s  Access Guide 2017

Click here for a detailed Access Guide to Polka Theatre, provided by Disabled Go

Polka’s access programme has received funding from the People’s Postcode Trust

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