Battersea Arts Centre understands disability within the Social Model. This means we believe it is our responsibility to stop our spaces being disabling and we are committed to making our venue accessible to everyone.
We are committed to becoming a Relaxed Venue. This new concept has been devised by Touretteshero and developed with Battersea Arts Centre. We are committed to making our venue accessible to everyone and we recognise that it's our responsibility to stop our spaces and programmes being disabling. This will not be a goal we achieve but a process we promise to continually review and work towards.
This commitment will affect all our activity including our theatre programmes, family activities, social action projects and heritage work. You'll find more relaxed performances on this page, alongside sensory-adapted and other forms of accessible performances, all of which will be relaxed.
In March 2019, we celebrated Battersea Arts Centre's commitment to becoming a Relaxed Venue with The Festival of Rest & Resistance - which showcased the best of the UK's disability arts scene.
We offer concession tickets for disabled people and, if you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion.
The closest station to Battersea Arts Centre is Clapham Junction, which has good wheelchair access and is 0.5 miles away from the venue. Up-to-date information on lift service at Clapham Junction is available here.
The nearest disabled parking spaces to Battersea Arts Centre are in the Asda Car Park on Lavender Hill, which is a 5 minute walk away. Find out more about parking with a Blue Badge in Wandsworth.
There is step free access to the Bee's Knees playspace, The Scratch Bar and ground floor public spaces. The first floor performance spaces can be reached via a lift. Battersea Arts Centre has a range of toilet facilities available including all-gender toilets, accessible toilets on all floors and baby-change facilities.
Relaxed Performances at Battersea Arts Centre offer a more relaxed performance environment. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium and we also provide a designated 'chill-out space' for guests who may need time away from the performance space. Ear defenders are available for those with sensory sensitivities.
We will make some small changes to the light and sound effects to accommodate the needs of our audience - performances where these changes hae been made are described as Sensory Adapted Performances. Sensory Adapted Performances are always Relaxed.
BSL Interpreted Performances
We offer British Sign Language interpreted performances for certain shows, with a signer on stage describing the performance. When booking your tickets, please let us know that you will be using this service so we are able to allocate you seats with a clear view of the signer.
We offer captioned performances for certain shows, with a screen on stage showing text which describes the performance. This service may be useful for people who are D/deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
Audio Described Performances
Audio description gives additional commentary during a performances through headphones, describing things like body language and facial expressions, costume, scenery and action sequences. This service may be useful for people who are blind or partially sighted. Touch tours may also be offered alongside these performances.
We welcome service dogs and our Scratch Bar can provide water bowls if required.
If you feel you might need help to get around, have any ideas about what we could do better or just want to know more about our access facilities, please contact us using one of the following methods:
Phone: 020 7223 2223
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