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Access Information for Disciples at Northern Stage

Disciples is an intimate and tender experience created by an ensemble cast of women and non-binary people who identify as D/deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent.

We look forward to sharing stories that are too often overlooked by theatre and dance. We have developed a work that creatively provides access and removes barriers for audience members with access requirements or their own experience of being D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent.

Show Access Information

This production includes open captions, audio description and creative use of BSL which is performed by a member of the cast throughout.

Wednesday 8 November at 7.30pm is a relaxed performance.

Our relaxed performances are for anyone who would benefit from watching the show in a more informal, adapted environment with additional information and services.

You are welcome to leave the auditorium and return as required.  There is a quiet room available where you and the people you come with, can go if you need quiet time during the show.

The house lights in the auditorium are kept on at a dim level during the show so movement is safe. A member of the team will introduce the show and outline what you can expect the on-stage lighting to be like during the show. Noise levels will be quieter, and they will also let you know what kinds of sound you will be hearing on stage.

More information about the relaxed performance, including a visual story can be found at: https://stellarquines.co.uk/copy-of-disciples-relaxed-performance-at-northern-stage/

Pre-show access

There will be a table in the foyer which will provide additional information on the show. The table will be staffed so you can ask any questions and will include:

– large print options of programme and synopsis including the directors note
– easy read synopsis of the show and directors note in multiple fonts
– ear defenders
– audio description headsets
– pre-record (and transcript) of the cast introducing and describing themselves
– pre record (and transcript)  of a set description and overview of how light will be used
– Information about best places to sit to read the captions

Building access at Northern Stage

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available.

Wheelchair Spaces

There are two positions available in Stage 2.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby. Gender neutral toilets are situated in the Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.

Hearing Enhancement

Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages.


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.

Booking Companion Seating

To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact the Northern Stage Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at boxoffice@northernstage.co.uk or by visiting the Box Office in person.

Guide Dogs

Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome at Northern Stage

Seat Accessibility

Northern Stage want everyone to feel comfortable in their theatres, so they’ve listed the dimensions of their seating and details about arm rests. If you think you would need an accommodation to be made please let the Box Office know in advance of the day of the show on 0191 230 5151 or email boxoffice@northernstage.co.uk.

Stage 2 Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

All seats adhere to British Standards at the time of installation.

If you have any questions regarding access at Northern Stage, please call 0191 230 5151 or email boxoffice@northernstage.co.uk and a member of staff will be able to advise further.

For more information on getting to the venue and access at the venue visit https://northernstage.co.uk/your-visit/

Co-director Rachel Drazek seated at a laptop smiling with co-director Ellen Renton standing behind and also smiling.
Image by Jassy Earl
Notes from the Disciples Development written in capitals: Compassion, Respect, Trust, Patience, Honesty, Joy, Faith
Image by Jassy Earl
Performer Sally Clay seated with performer Emma McCaffery standing beside her, leaning in and pressing her hand to Sally's hand. During the development of Disciples
Image by Jassy Earl