We enjoy welcoming everyone to Cast and we've come up with a few small ways to make sure your visit is extra special.
Everyone is welcome at Cast with every performance open for all people to access. We do have special performances adapted to suit some people's specific needs. If you'd prefer to attend those, you're more than welcome, but we want to say that we aim for a gold standard in accessibility so that everyone can enjoy the theatre together.
Need extra help? Let us know about your specific needs and we'll do our best to meet them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01302 303 959 for an informal and discreet chat.
We've put together a handy and easy to use guide that we call our Social Story. This is a short guide that will help you go through your upcoming visit to Cast, step by step, from entering the building to leaving. You can look at our Social Story by clicking here.
Toilets are a big factor when planning a trip. We love loos, and we do our best to make sure that even at busy events you can always find a toilet that meets your needs.
The toilets are on both levels at the back of the foyer, with two accessible toilets on the ground level and one upstairs which can be accessed by lift. There is also a Changing Places toilet with a fully adjustable adult sized changing bench, shower unit and ceiling track hoist. Additionally, there are at least two accessible toilets with space for one disabled person with a small chair are in both ladies toilet blocks (four downstairs, two upstairs), and our accessible toilets on the ground and second floors have a baby change facility with space for up to two carers.
Learning disability, autistic spectrum condition, sensory and communication disorders
Cast is supportive to and accepting of audience members autistic spectrum conditions, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people during all our performances throughout the year.
If new places cause anxiety or a bit more organisation for you, we'd be happy to offer a familiarisation visit and show you around. Please contact our Box Office Manager at email@example.com or pop in and we'll get it arranged for you.
Our children's ear defenders are ideal for children with Autism and sensory processing issues who are sensitive to noise and certain sounds. Please ask at the Box Office when you arrive for ear defenders.
We're proud to feature on AccessAble, an accessible guide that provides in-depth information about our accessibility, which you can refer to here.
Cast is located on Sir Nigel Gresley Square, and has easy access to all our guests. There is a lift facility to all levels of the building and the box office has a lowered desk and hearing loop installed for customers use.
If the theatre becomes overwhelming, ask us about our late comers booths - you can still watch the performance, but in a private environment away from the main auditorium.
Carer Tickets are available free to anyone in need, without the requirement of proof. We want to deliver a gold standard of accessibility in the arts. For us that means treating people with dignity. Not every disability is visible, and in many cases, not recognised with any form of paperwork. This way, more local people living their lives with dementia, poor mental health, autism, chronic pain – you name it - can come to Cast to experience world class arts in their home town with support of a carer. Carer tickets can not be booked online, if you do need a carer ticket, let our box office know at the time of booking and they will be happy to provide one.
All Cast's performance spaces are wheelchair and lift accessible but you may wish to take a look at this guide for more information about specific seating and access to our spaces here.
BSL, Captioning, Audio Description & Touch Tours
Cast provides accessible performances across the year.
- Audio described performances for customers with visual impairments with a touch tour preceding the show to help fully visualise the set.
- BSL interpreted performances with a signer on stage. This means that there is a character on stage translating all the spoken word into BSL, who gets stuck into to the story, not just positioned at the side of the stage
- Relaxed performances which have been specifically tailored for those with dementia, learning disabilities or other sensory needs.
- Captioned performances which displays the spoken word on a screen next to the stage similar to subtitles
- Touch Tours before a performance for anyone who is visually impaired to touch the set, costumes and props.
Doncaster has the largest deaf community outside of London and Cast is proud to offer the UK's only fully BSL intergrated pantomime. This means that there is a character on stage translating all the spoken word into BSL, who gets stuck in the story, not just positioned at the side of the stage. In every scene in every performance there will be signing. So if you're deaf or need a little help following the story and want to look for visual queues - this is your show!
Captions are subtitles which appear on screens at the side of the stage and display all the words and songs in the show. If you are deaf or hard of hearing you will be able to follow what's going on throughout. Our captioned performance for our 2019 pantomime Cinderella is Saturday 7 December at 2pm.
The Audio Described performance for our 2019 pantomime Cinderella is Saturday 7 December at 2pm and includes a Touch Tour. The Touch Tour is before the show and gives you the chance to touch the set, costumes and props. Our audio describer will tell you through headphones the action on stage during the parts where there are no words.
More information on our Relaxed Performance can be found here. The Relaxed Performances of Cinderella will be:
Wednesday 11 December at 10am (Special Needs Schools)
Friday 13 December at 2pm (Dementia Friendly)
Friday 13 December at 6pm (Families)