For the first year at Brighton Fringe we're very excited to present the Freedom Season! The Freedom Season is a programme of events that are accessible to a range of audiences with access needs, including those with visible and invisible disabilities. The season also showcases and supports the work of Deaf and disabled participants.
Today we present an interview with one of the Freedom Season events taking place at this year's Fringe, On the Tracks by Lucy C Hayward.
What is your event about?
On the Tracks is a sixty minute stage play which uncovers the lives of two men who work in a country railway station at night.
Why did you decide to make it?
I am a writer who explores human stories about everyday people in modern life, looking at the unheard stories of people in their daily lives. I also discovered after being diagnosed with my sight condition that theatre is reliant on visual clues.
On the Tracks explores the impact of mental health and how different people can respond in a particular situation. My intention is that blind and visually impaired audience members no longer need to wear headphones during a performance or to sit on the front row in order to fully engage with a performance and it can be used as an example of inclusive theatre for directors, writers and producers looking to make their performances accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences. The devices and language I use to tell these stories encourages audiences who would not normally attend theatre venues to not only attend my performances but engage my work and confidently discuss their interpretations of my work after the show.
What should audience members expect?
Don't expect anything.
Theatre is there in the moment.
Let yourself be absorbed within the performance and don't be scared to provide your opinion afterwards at the Q&A.
What are your plans post-Brighton Fringe, with this or other work?
On the Tracks will be starting it's tour in October at Theatre 503 in London and I am currently working with Arena Theatre Wolverhampton to produce a new play called Bordering on Chaos.
What advice do you have to other creators about making their event more accessible?
Talk to the people you want to make it accessible to, talk to professionals already making accessible work and use their knowledge to build in your own style of access.
What would you like to see at the Freedom Season next year?
Exciting new work and innovative interpretations of classic texts.
- 28 May 16:55 - 18:05
- 29 May 16:55 - 18:05
- 30 May 16:55 - 18:05
- 31 May 16:55 - 18:05
- 1 June 16:55 - 18:05
- 2 June 16:55 - 18:05
- All performances will contain:
- Audio Description
Tickets £8.00 - £10.00
Sweet Dukebox, The Southern Belle, 3 Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ