Welcome to our new website! Access Scottish Theatre was established in 2009 by the Federation of Scottish Theatre to make finding out about accessible performances in Scotland easier for audiences. AST started as simply a print guide – it has now grown to a monthly e:bulletin and this new website. Why have we redesigned the website? The website we launched in 2010 was a very basic front end to the database that we used to gather information from venues. This meant that we had maximised an opportunity but it was not very exciting and not even that easy for audiences to use – not very accessible!
In early 2016 we started to explore developing the website within our current funding and are pleased as punch that we have managed to work with our partner venues and website developers Pooka to deliver a new website that is accessible, user friendly and adaptable for future expansion. It is also more user friendly for venues as well as audiences.
Venues and other companies can log in to AST to upload performances and share news about their accessible activity. The website allows us to do so much more than we could before and we hope that it becomes a place you automatically visit to find out what is happening in Scotland when it comes to Audio Described, BSL Interpreted and Captioned performances. We have also included Relaxed performances as an option for venues to promote.
As the website grows we can cover more venues and areas – and even artforms. We are also pleased to working with partners Euan’s Guide whose site you can use to find out even more about access at venues direct from other disable people.
Where do we want to be by our tenth birthday? As it creeps closer, this is a question we are asking ourselves and we would love to hear from you about what you think AST should be doing. Please let us know what you think about the site and any future developments we can make.
Watch this space for a new look print guide arriving in partner venues in September 2017…