What a night
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
The Gilded Balloon Teviot had the potential to be one of the worst venues for me as it's an old building and the auditorium that our Fringe Show was in was on the top floor. How wrong could I be!? More of the Fringe venues should take notice of what this venue is doing and if they replicate it they would get on a lot better!!
Transport & Parking
A good bus service passes the door with the nearest stop being 2 minute walk away. Train station is a 20-30 min walk away.
Considering it is an old building, the access for wheelchairs is good. The entrance at the front of the building has a few steps up to the main doors but there is a platform lift at the side of the building that is capable of holding even the heavier powered wheelchairs. The lift was quite difficult to locate as it is behind a door that looks like it should be an accessible toilet but also has a sign for the lift on it. The doors are quite heavy. The auditorium, the debating hall(??), was on the top floor, level 5 in the lift. As soon as you come out of the lift on level 5 there was the accessible toilet which was a good size, again with a heavy door. When coming out of the lift it is quite a tight space to manoeuvre. We were shown to the queue and someoneone would come and get us before everyone is allowed entry. They had taken away seats in the front row with a reserved sign on the seat next to me for my carer.
Good sized accessible loo. The only negative for me was the weight of the door.
Staff were excellent from entering the building to exiting.
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The show I went to see was Soul Nation Choir and it was the best show I've seen in the Fringe over all the years and shows I've seen!! Well worth going if you like soul and gospel music.