A night at the roxy
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
I went to see a Fringe show at the Assembly Roxy venue, Movin Melvin Brown. Outside the venue is quite uneven as the street is cobbled stone. It was also quite difficult finding dropped down kerbs for my powered wheelchair. There is an o street bar area which has benches and seats for pre/post show drinks. Although it was on street level which should mean easier access , no provision was made for wheelchairs as the only way to get to the bar was from the pavements which had no dropped kerb and the bar was also sectioned off on road level by barriers right along and also "wooden planter box things" which made it look pretty but with absolutely no entrance for wheelchairs! The entrance to the venue was up a few steps so I was told I would be taken to the side entrance which is beside the stage before everyone else was in to allow me time to get settled. I was taken to the side entrance but everyone was already in and sitting in seats directly behind my space which was in the front row. The stage was so close my knees almost touched the stage and it was quite tight to manoeuvre into the wheelchair space. Eventually the people behind me moved to make it a little easier to get in place.
Transport & Parking
The was some on street parking close by but I would advise if possible not to take a car as I think getting a space would be difficult. There is a good bus service with the nearest stop approx 5 min walk away.
The bar area outside the venue is pretty poor considering it is on street level so not much would be needed to make it more accessible for a wheelchair though it feels like no consideration has been given at all. The venue itself, going through the side entrance was accessible. Once in the door, therer is accessible toilet. To get to the auditorium you go down a ramp. There is not a lot of space to manoeuvre into the wheelchair space, although would have been easier if I was taken in first.
The accessible loo was quite awkward to get into as there is a 90 degree turn to negotiate to get in. The toilet itself is adequate but once a powered wheelchair is in, there's not much space.
Staff were ok but did not feel they were the most helpful compared to other Fringe venues I have visited.