Access

Access at Fierce Festival

At Fierce we try to make sure the festival is as accessible as possible to as many people as we can, we do this whilst also understanding access barriers can look very different to different people: that really nothing can be accessible to everyone.

We believe that clear information is key for all audiences: information allows us all to make independent decisions about what is and isn’t accessible to us. Here we have laid out some key information about events across the programme. We do not expect this to be exhaustive, so if you have specific questions or requirements we have not covered, please contact us on contact@wearefierce.org and let us know how we can help you.


Venue accessibility and mobility information

All our venue partners offer non-stepped access and accessible toilets. Assistance animals are welcome across the festival. So we can provide the best experience for you and your assistance animal, please let us know when booking by emailing contact@wearefierce.org.

Partner venue access pages: 

Warwick Arts Centre

The Belgrade

Midlands Arts Centre

Fabric @ The Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome

B:Music for the Late Night Bar, Workshops and Talks

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Please note for the following shows:

Other Spaces, Wolf Safari

This show is a physical participatory show which involves walking and sometimes running throughout. The workshop space is the only space we are using which requires stepped access. For more information please visit the show page.

Lisa Vereertbrughen, Softcore

This show is seated on the floor, but some chairs will be available for access purposes.

Simone Aughterlony, Remaining Stranger

This show is participatory in nature and involves moving around the space, including moving chairs. If audiences are not able to do this, they will be able remain seated.

Oozing Gloop, Tentacular Spectacular

This show is a promenade performance, meaning audiences can move around the space in their own time. Some chairs will be available for audiences who need to be seated.

Igor Cardellini & Tomas Gonzalez, The Golden Age

This show is a walking tour, and requires audiences to be able to walk for approximately 70 minutes.

Francesca Grilli, Sparks

This show is a mix of seated and standing, audiences requiring a seat will be able to have one.


Non-verbal shows

Many of the shows at Fierce do not involve spoken language which can widen their accessibility to a range of audiences. These shows include:

  • Clara Fury, Dog Rising
  • CrazinisT ArtisT, Kall for Healing
  • Freddie Wulf, We Are All Made of Stars
  • Jade Blackstock, New Performance
  • Rosie Gibbens, The Skin of my Teeth
  • Alice Ripoll / Cia REC, Lavagem

Minimal text

These are shows we think can still be enjoyed by those who cannot access the spoken text. We can also provide written text in advance – please email us to request this: contact@wearefierce.org

  • Liz Ord, Peaked Too Soon
  • Lisa Vereertbrughen, Softcore
  • Zoë Poluch, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Elisa Harkins, Radio III
  • Jesus Hilario Reyes, Akin to Hurricane

Information for Neurodiverse Audiences

A number of our performances are presented as relaxed shows, this mean audiences can tic or stem, make noises, move about and if necessary leave the space and return as they need. These performances include:

  • Liz Ord, Peaked Too Soon
  • Lisa Vereertbrughen, Softcore
  • Oozing Gloop, Tentacular Spectacular
  • Freddie Wulf, We Are All Made of Stars
  • CrazinisT ArtisT, Kall for Healing
  • SaVAge K’lub, Kolonial Karma: Late at the Museum
  • Rosie Gibbens, Skin of My Teeth
  • Club Fierce: The Ho Down
  • Jesus Hilario Reyes, Akin to Hurricane
  • Cade & MacAskill, The Making of Pinocchio

For information on sound, lights and further details please check content warning information on individual show webpages.


Fierce Access Backpacks

During relaxed performances there will be an undecorated bright pink backpack worn by volunteers (who will have fierce logo t-shirt / bibs on). Within the backpack it contains:

  • Water bottles
  • PPE standard Masks
  • Pack of Tissues
  • Ear defender headphones
  • Fidget toys

The backpack contents will be available to all those who may require a few extra items for the duration of the performance. Audiences just need to ask the volunteer, who will happily provide whatever is needed.

Relaxed performances for 2022 include:

Tuesday 11th October 2022

  • Liz Ord: peaked Too Soon
  • Philippe Quesne; Farm Fatale

Wednesday 12th October 2022

Cade & Macaskill: The Making of Pinocchio

  • Demi Nandhra: The Trauma show
  • Lisa Vereetbrugghen: Softcore: a hardcore encounter

Thursday 13th October 2022

  • Demi Nandhra: The Trauma show
  • Cade & Macaskill: The Making of Pinocchio
  • Oozing Gloop: Tentacular Spectacular

Friday 14th October 2022

  • SaVage K’lub: Kolonial Karma- Late at the Museum
  • Freddie Wulf: we are all made of stars
  • Oozing Gloop: Tentacular Spectacular

Saturday 15th October 2022

  • Freddie Wulf: we are all made of stars
  • Club Fierce: The Ho Down

Sunday 16th October 2022

  • Rosie Gibbens: Skin of my Teeth
  • Jesus Hilario-Reyes: Akin to Hurricane

Other Access Provision

The Trauma Show: 

There is a chill out space outside the performance space that is available for audiences during and after the performance should they need a quiet space. Additionally the auditorium will remain open directly after the show in case you need to take a moment to think or talk about the performance. 

Interpretation

Phillippe Quesne, Farm Fatale, will be captioned on Tuesday 11 October. 

Cade & MacAskill, The Making of Pinocchio, is captioned on both shows, and will be audio described with a touch-tour before the show on Wednesday 12 October. 

Some further shows will have BSL interpretation, including the The Trauma Show on Wednesday 12 October.

COVID Risk Reduction 

Cade & MacAskill, The Making of Pinocchio: Digital Edition is available online across the week of the festival. 

Parts of the auditoriums for the following shows will be reserved for socially distanced audiences, this will be clearly marked on the day: 

  • Phillippe Quesne, Farm Fatale 
  • Clara Fury, Dog Rising 

The following work takes place outside: 

  • crazinisT artisT, Kall for Healing 

The following work has smaller capacities with audiences of less than 30: 

  • Other Spaces, Wolf Safari 
  • Igor Cardellini & Tomas Gonzalez, The Golden Age (Please note this takes place in The BULLRING Shopping Centre)
  • Francesca Grilli, Sparks 

Financial Access

Acknowledging the complex financial moment we are in for many, there is a wide range of free events:

  • Liz Ord, Peaked Too Soon
  • SaVAge K’lub, Kolonial Karma: Late at the Museum
  • CrazinisT ArtisT, Kall for Healing
  • Jade Blackstock, New Performance
  • Rosie Gibbens, Skin of My Teeth
  • Jesus Hilario Reyes, Akin to Hurricane
  • enormousface, Nothing Is Also Possible
  • Talks programme

We remain committed to keeping our ticket prices as low as we can, and always offer concession rates for rates for over 65s, students, unwaged people, disabled people and artists via our artist pass scheme.


Getting About

Black cabs are managed by TOA who can be contacted by calling 0121 427 8888 oor visiting tooataxis.co.uk

Uber assist and Uber access are both available in the city through the Uber app. More information can be found about these services at accessibility.uber.com