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Being a blogger for the team All Things West End, which you can find at atweofficial.wordpress.com, I wanted to also create a space that people know they can visit which focuses on the wonderful and weird world that is theatre when you’re chronically ill, disabled or impaired.
First of all, thank you for being here to take a look at my little ol’ blog for All Things West End. An accessibility blog devoted to all things stagey, and all things accessibility – the successes, and the horror stories.
I have lots of things that I need to explain to you here in my introduction, so I’ll start with the very basics.
I’m Leah, I’m 18 and I’m your writer here at the blog ‘Sightly Imperfect Stagey’. I love everything musical orientated, have a rather unique perspective compared to most, and love to help others understand how what might be seen as limitations can still mean theatre can be a liberating and engaging experience.
I think it’s important that in order for people to be able to understand my unique perspective of theatre, you need to understand me a little more. I lost a lot of my sight when I was 17 over a lunchtime at school, having only a couple of weeks before that had my eyes opened (pun very much intended) to how life-changing theatre can be. They’re not completely sure why I can’t see, but I don’t mind that too much anymore.
I also have a degenerative condition, that means all the glue holding my body together, well, doesn’t hold my body together any more. I use a wheelchair some of the time and crutches the rest of the time. It means sitting through shows can be very painful, and takes a lot more energy than it would for most.
My singing lessons, which are usually musical theatre orientated, are my favourite part of the week; and my singing teacher is the greatest mentor in the industry that a gal could ever wish for.
Some words that you may come across throughout this blog may not make sense depending on if you are reading this from a perspective of the disabled community or the theatre community. The abbreviation ‘VI’ stands for ‘visually impaired, the abbreviation ‘AD’ stands for audio described. I’ll try to explain any others as I go along.
I hope to use this blog to reach out to other disabled theatregoers, and to create an awareness to those who may have never even given it a thought before. To talk about all things that matter to people who have to think just that little bit extra about the complications before heading to a show; and explain their perspectives to the people who don’t.
I hope that I haven’t put you off just yet, and that you’ll come back to have a read when the next posts are up.
In the meantime, contact me via Instagram or twitter, or through All Things West End, and tell me your accessibility stories – the happy and the nightmares, I want to hear them all.
Until next time lovelies,