Fringe Venue 30
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
The Storytelling Centre presents a blend of old and new buildings that once inside offer an engaging space to visit, listen, learn, play and enjoy. All of which is designed to be as accessible as it can for everyone.
Transport & Parking
Being a building on the busy Royal Mile; parking is not easy. but is possible in adjacent streets. Buses however, stop right outside or its a 15 to 20 minute walk from Waverley Railway Station.
Getting in the building was easy once you realise that on the western side (the side furthest up the hill) and in the old building that forms John Knox House you will find a level access wide doorway. Once inside it is level access on the 'street' floor and this gives you access to the shop, reception, cafe, an accessible loo and large open performance space. A lift can take you to the lower floor if visiting the 'theatre' space where there's level access in to the front row of the seats. Seats can be removed to make ample space for wheelchair users. Interestingly and excitingly the stage area can be ramped if you happen to be a performer who requires wheelchair access. The lift also takes you to the upper floor and. smaller performance space in the library. There were accessible toilets on each floor with different layouts and sizes. All of the performance areas had induction loops for hearing impaired visitors should they require them. The programme of performances and events included signed events and performances. The cafe; as well as providing delicious cakes, had moveable furniture and helpful staff who were happy to carry food and beverages to the table. Oh yes, the reception has a nice dropped counter too - no putting my chin on the reception desk as I try to have a conversation.
Full marks for having accessible toilets on each floor! No having to do the interval dash to different floors! Each of the loos was spacious and had slightly different layouts ... 'yes', I did go and look at the all - can't help it when curiosity grabs you! Even had Euan's Guide Red. Cord Cards ...
Top marks to the friendly and helpful staff - no struggling with doors here or wondering how to get the coffee cups to the table or thinking I wonder if as staff were happy to answer questions and do what they could to be helpful.