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Accessible SIRF

Accessible SIRF


BSL shows:

This year we have a number of shows which will have BSL (British Sign Language) interpreters present or feature integrated BSL within performances. These include:

*Not all shows are BSL interpreted. For a schedule of BSL Interpreted show times please check the BSL show schedule.

Audio Description

For audience members who are blind or have visual impairments please refer to our Audio Description resources below and contact SIRF Central to discuss how our Accessible SIRF Champions can support your festival experience.

A range of SIRF’s shows which contain a high percentage of spoken English or song have Audio Description Introductions:

  • Anna Krazy, All Strings Attached (Coming soon!)
  • Dizzy O’Dare, Falconry Dismay (Coming soon!)
  • Paul Ramírez Jonas, Public Trust (Coming soon!)
  • JW3, The Great Yiddish Parade (Coming soon!)
  • Perhaps Contraption, The Journey (Coming soon!)

Touch tours

A number of shows at SIRF this year are offering touch tours. Please read below for shows where this requires advance booking:

  • Farm Yard Circus – 45 minutes before each performance on Friday 2 August and Saturday 3 August
  • Oxford Contemporary Music with Mark Anderson, Warning Notes – 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Saturday 3 August
  • Perhaps Contraption, The Journey – 30 minutes before each performance lasting 5 minutes on Saturday 3 August
  • Simple Cypher, Roll Play – 5.30pm on Sunday 4 August
  • Working Boys Club, Serving Sounds – This show takes place on SIRF Green with no publicly scheduled times. If you are interested in a Touch Tour for this show on Friday 2 August or Saturday 3 August please contact SIRF Central to book a place up to 24 hours in advance

Relaxed performances

  • Working Boys Club, Serving Sounds is fully relaxed
  • Oxford Contemporary Music with Mark Anderson, Warning Notes is relaxed from 6.30pm to 7pm on Friday 2 August and Saturday 3 August

Additional access

  • Bailey’s Original Seaside Imaginarium, Island Storm is accessible for VI and d/Deaf audiences through an integrated touch-vibration score, and wheelchair users will be front and centre of the action through accessible hand-crank activation devices.
  • Working Boys Club, Serving Sounds has a downloadable Access Guide
  • Simple Cypher, Roll Play has a downloadable Easy Read Guide for Neurodivergent audience members
  • SIRF has a wide range of Non-Verbal shows, please contact SIRF Central for a full list of shows
  • SIRF is a Guide Dog friendly festival

Accessible SIRF Champions

Our Accessible SIRF Champions can support you in accessing performance sites and viewing areas. This service is available on request and should be booked 24 hours in advance at SIRF Central.

Please note; booking is essential as spaces are strictly limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Easy access wristbands

Easy access wristbands are a prompt to our staff that you may want support on site with finding a viewing area, being provided with seating, or with any other access queries. Wristbands are available before and during the festival from SIRF Central – however if in any doubt, just ask our SIRF Visitor Experience Ambassadors.

Viewing areas

SIRF performances are accessible for all and our Visitor Experience Ambassadors are on hand to help you find a suitable viewing area. Please collect an easy access wristband from SIRF Central to best signpost this to our staff on site.

Ticketing

A limited amount of tickets will be released from SIRF Central three hours before ticketed shows and activities for audience members with access requirements before being released to the general public an hour later.

Tickets can be booked in person or over the phone for audience members with access requirements.

Tickets are free and available to collect from SIRF Central. Please be aware that as tickets are limited, they are served on a first-come-first-served basis.

Programme formats

The SIRF programme is available in large print from SIRF Central, subject to availability.

Getting to SIRF

Our Your SIRF Visit page has travel information to help you to best plan your journey.

Physical access

All SIRF performance areas on the High Street are on flat concreted ground. Wheelchair access into Parish Gardens is flat from the High Street and a ramp is located next to the stairs off Church Road.

Please be aware that most of the shows are not seated and some may involve the audience moving around. Strong lights, strobe and smoke effects may feature in some of the shows.

If you require seating as a part of your access requirements this can be requested and accommodated on site. Please visit SIRF Central to collect an easy access wristband to access seating from our Visitor Experience Ambassadors.

SIRF Green has benches on site for wheelchair user, and bench seat heights are 450mm (18”) high. SIRF Green cabin hatches range from 1.1m – 1.5m in height due to the sloped nature of the site; all SIRF Green traders are happy to leave cabins and units to take orders.

Physical distances between SIRF Central and all SIRF performance sites are approximately as follows: Parish Gardens (0.1 miles), High Street – North Bus Loop (110 yards/320 feet), High Street – North Car Park (0.1 miles), SIRF Green (0.1 miles), High Street – Plinth Stage (15 yards/50 feet), Town Hall and Fountain Area (130 yards/404 feet), Green Dragon Yard (0.1 miles), and Shambles (0.1 miles).

Accessible toilets

Accessible toilets including a Changing Places toilet are located in the centre of the High Street in the Shambles. Accessible toilets are also available in Wellington Square Shopping Centre during normal trading hours. You will also find accessible toilets in SIRF Green.

Useful information

Stockton Shopmobility Centre is open at Friday and Saturday 10am to 3pm, 15 Wellington Street throughout SIRF for hire of mobility equipment to help you get around the festival.

Feedback

We are really keen to hear from you about your Accessible SIRF experience. Pick up a Accessible SIRF evaluation sheet at SIRF Central to tell us your views.

BSL show schedule

Friday 2 August

  • Farm Yard Circus, 1pm and 3.45pm, High Street – North Car Park
  • Dizzy O’Dare, Falconry Dismay, 2pm, Parish Gardens
  • 15 feet 6, Les Patineurs, 3.15pm, High Street
  • Cat and Mouse Theatre, Blockbuster Factory, 5pm, Parish Gardens
  • Paul Ramírez Jonas, Public Trust, 6.45pm, Town Hall and Fountain Area
  • Anna Krazy, All Strings Attached, 7.45pm, Green Dragon Yard

Saturday 3 August

  • Farm Yard Circus, 1pm and 5.15pm, High Street – North Car Park
  • Dizzy O’Dare, Falconry Dismay, 2.15pm, Parish Gardens
  • 15 feet 6, Les Patineurs, 3.15pm, High Street
  • Perhaps Contraption, The Journey, 3.45pm and 6.45pm, Town Hall and Fountain Area
  • Paul Ramírez Jonas, Public Trust Promise Readings, 4.15pm, High Street – Plinth Stage
  • Cat and Mouse Theatre, Blockbuster Factory, 5.15pm, Parish Gardens
  • Paul Ramírez Jonas, Public Trust, 6.15pm, Town Hall and Fountain Area
  • Anna Krazy, All Strings Attached, 8pm, Green Dragon Yard

Sunday 4 August

  • JW3, Family Workshop, 4pm, Parish Gardens
  • JW3, The Great Yiddish Parade, 4.30pm, Parish Gardens
  • Paul Ramírez Jonas, Public Trust Promise Readings, 5.45pm, High Street – Plinth Stage
  • Paul Ramírez Jonas, Public Trust, 6.15pm, Town Hall and Fountain Area
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