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This June we are thrilled to be hosting TourettesHero: Burnt Out in Biscuitland. A show by disabled people about our right to have joy.

To create an equitable experience for audiences we have been working closely with Jumped Up Theatre, and have mad some changes to ensure everyone can enjoy this evening.

Here’s our wonderful General Manager, Jag, to tell you more:

We’re delighted to be presenting ‘Burnt out in biscuit land’ and audiences can be assured that the venue is accessible and inclusive.

Audiences will note that this is a relaxed performance with a chill out space, and seating  is flexible, including cushions for those who prefer, with plenty of room between seats, and additional wheelchair spaces have also been introduced.  The auditorium is fitted with an induction look and the show is caution and audio described.  There is also BSL interpretation on Weds 14.  Visual stories about accessing The Key and about the show are also available on our website.”

Though not widely in place in theatres, the Key Theatre will be introducing COVID related access provisions by ensuring that all staff working at tested before helping audiences and we hope that this will help to ensure that those attending feel safe.

Audiences can also look forward to a pre-show event which will include a DJ, and this will be held in the Swan studio which can be accessed via the front doors. Once the doors have opened, members of staff will escort audiences to the side of the building where you can access the Studio Theatre. There is a ramp which has handrails and has a gentle incline and members of staff will be on hand to help you once in the studio theatre should you need assistance.

Toilets are located at the front of the theatre by the foyer which includes an accessible toilet. There is also an accessible toilet backstage which will be both signposted and have members of staff available also to guide audience members. We can’t wait to welcome you!”.

The show blends live performance, film and conversation and follows three neurodiverse inhabitants of an apocalyptic bunker as they grapple with questions of isolation, resistance, and joy.

We caught up with Jumped Up Theatre’s Creative Producer, Kate Hall, to find out more:

“Spending an evening with Jess Thom in Biscuitland will change your life.  It will make you feel positive about the world, about what is possible if we stand up for ourselves and others.  There is joy to be had – we just have to make it for ourselves.

Burnt Out In Biscultand will be a brilliant experience for anyone who has friends, family or colleagues who are disabled, deaf, neurodivergent or chronically ill.  It’s for anyone who cares about disabled people. And it’s for disabled people who demand a right for joy in their lives.”

All performances will be livestreamed, so you can either experience the show in person, or online if you would like to (everybody will be sent the live stream link on the day in case you can no longer attend).

Tickets start at £5, or get in touch if, we the theatre can help you in any way to access this life-changing experience.