GDIF 2023 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 25 August-10 September 2023

Presented By Mind The Gap | London Premiere

Birdie

26 August | 13:00 & 15:30 | Riverside, Cutty Sark Gardens

Duration: 45mins

What to Expect: Great for Kids | Speech free

Free

Meet Birdie and Homie as they go on a journey towards freedom and hope.

Featuring a company of professional actors with learning disabilities, this thought-provoking family show takes place around a beautifully designed mobile home and tells an accessible and moving story about climate change.

More information on Birdie

Site Access

All shows at Greenwich Fair are free to attend. Just show up.
Assistance Dogs Welcome

Level Access

There is level access to each performance location.
There is a mix of hard-standing and grass areas. Trackway will be used to create accessible routes.
There will be short ramps onto any raised areas.

Access Viewing areas 

A priority area for disabled audiences will be marked with a sign or flag. Space for wheelchair users and various seating options will be available at each performance site.

Distances between sites

The festival site includes Greenwich Park, Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark Gardens.
Most performance sites are 5-15 minutes away from each other. Each site has multiple performances throughout the day.

The show ‘The Air Between Us’ is at the top of Greenwich Park next to the General Wolfe Statue and near The Royal Observatory. An accessible buggy with 1 wheelchair space and up to 4 companions will be available (on a first-come-first-served basis, provided by the Royal Parks team) between St Mary’s Gate and the Pavilion Café in Greenwich Park in both directions. More details will be available at the GDIF accessible social point near St Mary’s Gate.

Check the map and brochure to plan your route or ask a volunteer who can direct you to an information point.

Quiet Space and Access Areas

A covered Quiet Space and Access Area will be provided onsite at the Old Royal Naval College. The Access Area will have volunteers and staff available for access information throughout the day. This will be located on King Charles Lawns.

Greenwich Park will have an accessible relaxed social area near St Mary’s Gate.

Many nearby peaceful areas have bench seating across Royal Greenwich Park and the Old Royal Naval College.

Assisted Access Routes

GDIF volunteers will guide audiences on the following access routes:

1) BSL/Captioned/Speech Free performances
2)Audio Described performances
3)Performances with Easy Read available

Details of routes and meeting points coming soon.

Accessible Toilets

Revolootion (formerly Mobiloo) changing places facilities with a hoist and changing bench will be available at Greenwich Fair.

Please bring a sling to use the hoist.

Greenwich Park has accessible toilets behind the Royal Observatory.

Blue badge parking

Cutty Sark Gardens, Park Row (25 Park Row, London SE10 9NL), College Way Car Park

Greenwich Park, car parking via Blackheath Gate only ( Greenwich Park Car Park South, London SE10 8QY)

Drop-off points

College Way, SE10 9LS
Greenwich Park top- Observatory, Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ
Greenwich Park bottom- St Mary’s Gate, London SE10 9JL

Contact

For Access questions, contact [email protected] // 07899 893 935
For other audience questions, contact our Box Office: [email protected]

Show Access

Speech Free

Digital Audio Description throughout the show is available for every performance. Headsets will be provided.

Easy Read Visual Guide

Part of assisted route

Invitation to join in with arts and craft activity at the end.

Content information: Theme of climate emergency is explored in a hopeful way.

Gallery

About Mind The Gap

Bold, cutting edge, world class theatre since 1988

Mind the Gap is England’s premier learning disability performance and arts company, breaking barriers and celebrating diversity.
At Mind the Gap, we are committed to pushing boundaries, challenging perceptions, and empowering individuals with learning disabilities and autism in the world of performing arts. For over 30 years, we have been at the forefront of advocating for inclusion and diversity in the arts, and we are proud to have paved the way for individuals with learning disabilities and autism to access and excel in the performing arts sector.

Mind the Gap was founded with a vision of providing a platform for individuals with learning disabilities and autism to express themselves, showcase their talents, and participate in the performing arts professionally. We believe that every individual, regardless of their abilities, deserves the opportunity to engage in creative expression and contribute to the cultural fabric of society.

As a pioneering company, we have produced award-winning performances, delivered innovative workshops, and collaborated with renowned artists and organisations to create ground-breaking works of art. Our performances have been showcased on national and international stages, earning critical acclaim, and challenging the status quo of what is possible in the performing arts.

Mind the Gap is working to deliver 3 key strands; Performance & Live Art, Talent Development and Sector Leadership.

Supported by

Birdy at GDIF 2023 is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals and Arts Council England.

 

Where to find it

Riverside, Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9HT

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