This two week residency provided Poor Boy with time to explore different ways to integrate description, sound and tactile opportunities to make theatre accessible for people with sight loss.

Across the two weeks, 4 themed sharing sessions were held to share the work and gather feedback. These sessions brought together individuals with sight loss and theatre professionals to share experiences and discuss ideas.

I would just like to say how much I appreciated you taking the time to do this R and D, as it was extremely interesting and informative. From my own point of view as a director who wishes to make theatre more accessible, it has given me many ideas which I would like to explore further in my own work.

Thoughts from Poorboy

We really valued the input, work and feedback from all the participants who helped us creatively explore access to performance. Whether you were in the room for the whole two weeks or visited one or many of the showings – the discussions and responses to the two weeks of research were insightful and challenging and gave us a whole lot more to think about.

Thank you for bringing your experience, skills, thoughts and opinions!

What’s Next?
Quite a lot happened in the two weeks and we found what we think to be valuable discoveries. We’d like everyone to know about it!

Over the summer we will be working hard to produce a short film to highlight the findings from the research so that other companies and creatives can investigate how they can find playful ways to make their work more accessible.

Watch this space!



I really enjoyed the scenes and hope this can lead to helping other groups being more aware of different people that would want to enjoy theatre. With a bit of thought, performances can be more reachable to different people.

You are invited to join Poorboy and contribute to this research process at four open sessions. You will experience some of the work and research through short showings, and be invited to share your thoughts and experiences at a Q&A session.

These open sessions will take place on:

Thursday 7th May, 13:00-14:00
Music and Audio Description

Friday 8th May, 13:00-14:00
Audience Interaction and Food

Wednesday 13th May, 13:00-14:00
Sound, Silence and Space

Friday 15th May, 13:00-14:00
Product Design and Technology

Each open session will take place at:
St Ninian’s Hall, Kirk O’ Field, 140 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR.
You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish. Artlink can help with transport to and from the venue.

For more information and to book a place, please contact Kirsty at Artlink:
0131 229 3555
kirsty@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk


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