An accessible festival

Date published: 12 Mar 2018

Posted by: Jenny Babenko

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One of the priorities for Nottingham’s first ever Puppet Festival is that it’s a great event that everyone can access, and so it’s really important that there are opportunities for both disabled artists and participants. We’re also working to encourage new audiences through events such as outdoor performances, street-theatre and free workshops.

The producers have been working with lots of different organisations such as outdoor arts company Festive Road and the award-winning theatre company Graeae, who boldly place D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage, challenge preconceptions and champion the inclusion of D/deaf and disabled people in the arts.

Buddy Scheme

We’re operating a buddy scheme during the Festival, so if you need help finding venues, get in touch at and we can arrange a volunteer to meet you in the Old Market Square to help you get around.

Sign Language Interpreted, Non-Verbal and Audio Described Events

We’ve got a whole range of events that are sign language interpreted from the War Horse 55+ Puppetry Workshop to the free talk on Puppetry, Disability and Health, the Pinocchio Puppet-Making Workshop at Sherwood Library to the performances A Heart at Sea and War Horse. Plus on Saturday 24 March, there will be a sign language interpreter in the Pop-Up Puppet Village in the Old Market Square all day long.

A number of the events during the Festival are non-verbal. you can catch Stephen Mottram’s The Parachute, Cie Akselere’s Grandfather’s House and Tessa Bide’s amazing voyage, A Strange New Space. In addition the performance of War Horse on Saturday 24 March at 2pm is audio described.

For access information for each Festival venue, take a look at the venue page on our webiste as well as each venue’s own website. If you have specific access needs, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you to enjoy the Festival, we would love to hear from you!