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Some UK theatres have begun advertising the dimensions of their seats with the intention to enhance accessibility necessities for larger Brits.
A raft of UK leisure venues at the moment are posting measurements for their seating on-line, together with width and legroom, as half of a push in direction of ‘fats accessibility’.
It’s understood bigger theatre-goers have complained that they can not match into seats designed for thinner physique sorts, and are left uncomfortable and in ache – however have struggled to seek out accessibility info on-line.
It comes as comic Sofie Hagen, 33, introduced yesterday that they might solely be taking their new tour to venues which already provided this info, or had dedicated so as to add the info to their web site on a everlasting foundation.
They have beforehand spoken out about being left in ‘excruciating ache’ in too-small chairs and venues informing them there are not any variations they might make for them to have the ability to attend performances.
Among the venues which now share this info is Chorley Theatre in Yorkshire, which lists measurements for width, depth and legroom under a piece on its web site titled ‘fats accessibility info’.
Sofie Hagen has beforehand spoken out about being left in ‘fixed, excruciating ache’ by seats that are too small
Plus-sized comic Sofie Hagen vowed to not carry out at venues which did not present the info on their social media accounts yesterday
Ms Hagen is asking for larger transparency over seat sizes at venues throughout the UK
Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, Kent, additionally refers to the seating information as ‘fats accessibility’.
But different venues merely name the info ‘seat accessibility’.
Meanwhile, The Tiverton Community Arts Theatre web site insists: ‘We are dedicated to being as accessible as potential in the whole lot we do.
‘Raked seating is 43 cm large, with liftable arm rests. Level seating is 40 cm large however has no arm rests and seats might be indifferent for added room.
‘Level aisle seating can be moved as much as 10 inches for added area, and may accommodate wheelchairs.’
Leeds Grand Theatre lists on its web site the dimensions for seating in its stalls, gown circle, higher circle, balcony, higher balcony and containers under a piece titled ‘What are your seat measurements?’
Other theatres understood to be collaborating embody the Old Fire Station in Oxford, Òran Mór in Glasgow, the Aberdeen Performing Arts centre, The Leadmill in Sheffield, The Unity Theatre in Liverpool, the Harrogate Theatre and plenty of extra.
Information on seat sizes is now accessible for Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, Kent
Seating at the Tiverton Community Arts Theatre might be moved as much as 10 inches from their spot to permit customers ‘extra area’
Detailed info on seats can be seen for The Unity Theatre in Liverpool on their web site
In a video posted on Twitter, Ms Hagen launched an inventory of venues they are going to be visiting and wrote: ‘On my subsequent tour, I’ll solely do venues that agree so as to add Fat Accessibility Information to their web sites completely.’
Fans have thanked Ms Hagen for her stance on the situation.
Caroline mentioned: ‘I’d like to see a bunch of comedians and performers getting collectively to do that sort of factor (pushing venues to get these particulars and different entry information added to web site in a transparent and constant approach) so it isn’t purely as much as people who’re touring.
‘I really feel that viewers members hardly ever get listened to as a result of we ask for this kind of information all the time and nothing will get achieved. And it should not all be as much as you, Sofie!
‘You do masses however I’d wish to see extra performers do it too, and put up about it!’
Another posted on-line: ‘Thank you Sofie Hagen for reserving your tour at venues who’ve offered Fat Accessibility information.
‘You’ve already unlocked a brand new venue native to me that I by no means would’ve thought was accessible – however is! This is so necessary.’
Other feedback included: ‘What a very nice transfer, if solely extra venues would do that very factor’ and ‘that is sensible!’
Ms Hagen has been campaigning for extra fats accessibility info for years after beforehand being left ‘in fixed, excruciating ache’ after seeing a theatre present with seats they could not match into.