How I’m making Love at a Distance more accessible for Adelaide Fringe 2021
Adelaide Fringe is the second largest ‘open access’ arts festival in the world. ‘Open Access’ means that anyone is able to present work, regardless of their life experience or background. This is very exciting because it opens up the playing field for more and more people to share their stories.
I’m forever blown away by the power of stories to bring people together and explore new perspectives. I love to collecting diverse stories to share within my shows. We all know the experience of love is universal, everyone has experienced love in many ways no matter what walk of life they may be from. So when you know you have stories that can be relatable to many people, the next challenge is to find new ways of ensuring my shows are accessible to people no matter what barrier they face. Access in this context is about how people are able to view, engage and enjoy their arts experiences.
I’m really excited to share that late last year I received an SA Artists COVID Support Grant which has enabled me to offer some exciting accessibility options to ensure I can welcome new audience members who may not have previously been able to attend cabaret shows like mine in the Adelaide Fringe!
The SA Artists COVID Support Grant, thank you to the Department of Premier and Cabinet through Arts South Australia and Adelaide Fringe, is making it possible for so many local artists and producers to present work during such an uncertain time. I feel incredibly privileged to be listed alongside shows such as Awkward Activists, Comfort Food Cabaret, Mat Tarrant: Happy and the Book of Faz.
I wanted to ensure I’m paying this support back towards the wider Fringe Community – including audience members who have been adversely effected by pandemic.
COME ONE COME ALL – $5 tickets for those financially effected by COVID19
is a special campaign for folks who aren’t able to afford the full price of a ticket. If you’ve been adversely impacted by the pandemic and would like to attend the show, contact me via Ukulele Dream Girl on Facebook to receive a promo code to book up to two tickets to any night of my season for just $5 each. There are 35 discounted tickets available at this rate.
Audio described performance
5pm Monday 8th of March
I’m incredibly excited to have an audio describer joining me on my closing night to make this performance more accessible to audience members who are vision impaired thanks to this partnership with Access to Arts.
Relaxed performances -5pm Fridays 26th of Feb & 5th of March
for audience members who might feel overwhelmed by sensory overload, my shows at The Lark on Fridays 26th of Feb & 5th of March will be ‘relaxed’ performances. For those who might not be up for the hustle and bustle of seeing a show at a major Fringe Hub venue like Gluttony, I’m also excited to be sharing three performances of the show at Mixed Creative in Port Adelaide. Mixed Creative is a community space for artists run by artists, The Laneway Stage is a open air, cozy but breathable space in their courtyard.
Do you have any suggestions about how I can improve accessibility at my shows or events? Please let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org so I can ensure I’m providing more accessible opportunities for everyone to engage in the arts!