Everyone is welcome at the Marina Theatre. We are committed to making changes which make the theatre enjoyable and accessible for all.
Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids
We have wheelchair accessible Toilets, Box Office, Café, Kiosk, Foyer and Auditorium. The Auditorium has 5 wheelchair spaces in the stalls, which were recently moved to accommodate a wider range of mobility aid sizes.
At this time, the upper floors of the theatre are accessible by stairs only. The Marina Theatre is currently looking at funding options to facilitate the installation of a lift. This is a top priority for the theatre as we look to expand our accessibility in all respects.
A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders, learning disabled people, people with dementia or even just very small children.
The aim is to deliver an experience which minimises the aspects of coming to the theatre and watching a show that someone might find stressful – this can be things such as loud noises, too dark or too bright lighting, sitting still for long periods of time, unfamiliar spaces, a sense of perceived danger, sensory overload and/or feeling overwhelmed.
We offer at least one relaxed Pantomime performance per year and we are committed to offering relaxed performances on visiting shows wherever possible.
NB – Ear defenders are available at every Marina Theatre show, relaxed or otherwise, upon request and subject to availability.
The Marina Theatre has recently installed a state-of-the-art Sennheiser infra-red hearing system. The system works by converting audio sources into infra-red light pulses which are radiated into the room. The infra-red light signals are picked up via body-packs worn by the user, and then converted back into an audio signal which can be listened to with headphones which are plugged into the body pack. There are up to ten body packs available, but the system is usable with any infra-red body packs capable of receiving on the carrier frequency of 2.3MHz. The body packs have a large easy to-access volume control and a balance control. Headphones can be provided by the wearer, or purchased from the Kiosk at the Marina Theatre.
We also, where it is possible, offer signed performances. At least one of our yearly Pantomime performances is signed and we are hoping to do more throughout the year.