Throughout its 2015 tour of over 100 shows, Reassembled… has been experienced by a range of audiences, some of whom had of disabilities (learning, visual, acquired brain injury). The production has also received guidance and support from Arts & Disability Forum (Belfast), which is a disabled-artist-led network organization in Belfast.
Please note, all audiences are instructed that they may, at any point during the show, remove their headphones and eye-mask to stop or take a break from the performance. The Nurse is there at all times to supervise and provide individual support, if needed, and the pre/post-show room is always available as a separate space to go to.
Upon booking their tickets, audience members should be advised by FOH that Reassembled… is experienced laying down in a hospital bed, and what assistance or adaptations they would like, if any.
Recommendations for Audiences with:
Deaf/Hearing-Impairments—Audiences that use hearing aids or other support aids regularly can experience Reassembled… without any adaptation as the headphones are normal headphones, similar to as they might use while listening to music. The Nurse can also stay on the monitor headphones to turn down the volume on individual headphones at very loud points in the performance. Unfortunately, Reassembled…. is not accessible to deaf audiences, though the behind-the-scenes documentary is subtitled and available for free.
Learning Disabilities— Their support worker (if applicable) should accompany them. If a group, the support worker and Nurse can fill out a single admission form, writing down their comments verbatim. The support worker should be present through the performance, but not experiencing it on headphones. The Nurse can also stay on the monitor headphones to turn down the volume on individual headphones at very loud points in the performance.
Visual Impairements—Guide dogs are welcome to lay on the floor by the bed their owner is in. The Nurse can support the audience member with the admission sheet by reading it aloud and filling it in, as directed, and verbatim.
Physical Disabilities—If they are wheelchair users, and would be more comfortable in their wheelchair sitting up, that adaptation is fine, though they may not get the full experience. Additional assistance may be needed to get in and out of the beds, as advised before arrival by the audience member. There have been wheelchair users in the Reassembled… audience, who have self-transferred to the hospital beds. Their dignity and preference as to how they would like to experience Reassembled… are the priority.