Harrogate Theatre on the Road!

At Harrogate Theatre we face ongoing challenges in terms of physical building access. There are 42 steps to our Studio Theatre space and no current method to avoid stepped access to certain spaces within the building.

It’s a complex and frustrating issue and one that is shrouded in significant financial challenge. Our building is grade II listed and is owned by Harrogate Borough Council. We are working on it and we are committed to evolving the situation for the benefit of everyone in our community. 

There are no shortcuts to the main solutions here, but compromises can be achieved by thinking different: Our team has been working hard on outreach programming in step-free spaces. This is one of the ways we are addressing physical accessibility for our work as well as drawing new audiences to theatre and building new partnerships out in our wonderful community.

Back in October we had a brilliant children’s show – ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ – at Harrogate Library. Suitable for ages 3+ it was a sell-out event, with heartwarming tales of how a cow jumped over the moon and why the dish ran away with the spoon, with live music and puppetry.

Also at Harrogate Library in October was ‘600 People’. Somewhere between stand-up comedy and an astrophysics lecture, this is the story of how a three-hour conversation with an astrophysicist changed the way Alex understands the way the Universe works. ‘600 People’ explores how we think about evolution and intelligence, belief and invention, communication and space travel.

‘The Cult of Water’ took place more recently at The Royal Pump Room Museum. In this show BBC Presenter David Bramwell uses music, animation and archive film to take the audience on a dreamy candle-lit journey in search of the secrets of our rivers and a drowned village which has long haunted his memories. What a fitting location for this fabulous show, which also looked stunning!

Last week the SpiegelYurt whirled into town for a fantastic week-long celebration of the strangely wonderful and the wonderfully hilarious, bringing a splash of Edinburgh Fringe to Harrogate. Performing in the SpiegelYurt, which was located at St Wilfrid’s Church, we had more David Bramwell, chaos makers Ship of Fools and our hosts for the week, Lucy Hopkins and Bob Slayer.

 Keep your eyes peeled for more step-free events in our spring season and thank you to all our venue partners and all of you who support this work.