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

Presented By Oliver MacDonald

This Woven O

26 – 28 August | St Mary's Gate, Greenwich Park

What to Expect: Family friendly | Great for Kids | Speech free

Free

Commissioned by GDIF and returning for 2023 in Greenwich Park, this sculptural installation invites you to enter a magical circular sanctuary, woven entirely from willow.

Disabled artist Oliver MacDonald’s exquisite artwork will become the setting for a specially commissioned new theatre production from Julie McNamara on 26 August* and workshop activities on 27 and 28 August.

More information on This Woven O

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]

Access

Text Free Installation

You are welcome to feel the texture of the woven wood

Gallery

Credits

Installation created by: Oliver MacDonald 

Directed and written by: Britny Virginia Albert, Sonny Nwachukwu, Kate Lovell 

Photography by: Richard Matthews 

Produced by: Graeae and GDIF 

 

This Woven O has been created in Suffolk by the following creative team:

Artist and Architect: Oliver MacDonald

Willow work: Peter Dibble

Wooden Armatures and Carpentry: Ian MacDonald

Creative metalwork: Chris Day

Metalwork: J.T Pegg and Sons LTD

Structural Engineering: Atelier One

Graeae Creative Credits:

  • Director — Kate Lovell
  • Director — Sonny Nwachukwu
  • Director — Britny Virginia
  • Movement Director — Darragh O’Leary
  • Sound Designer — Oliver Vibrans
  • Costume & Set Designer — Stephanie Greenslade
  • Caption Book Designer — Natalie Cooper
  • Tactile Book Designer — Aofie Barron Flynn
  • Voiceover — Luke Elliott
  • Performers: Britny Virginia, Chandrika Gopalakrishnan, Charlie Folorunsho, Deborah Mcleod, Elinor Machen-Fortune, Farrell Cox & Rachael Merry

Supported by

This Woven O at GDIF 2023 is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Royal Parks, Greenwich Park and Arts Council England.

 

Where to find it

St Mary’s Gate, Greenwich Park

The Photo Route.

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